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Ruling on Scholarships Offered by Schools to Students on the Condition of Academic Excellence

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
What is the ruling of Sharia on the agreement concluded between a school and parents whereby the former offers a scholarship to the latter and return a percentage of the tuition fees to them on the condition that their children achieve a rate of (95%)? However, in case a student failed to achieve this average, he/she doesn`t qualify for the scholarship.

Answer:

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of The Worlds. May His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

The discount on the tuition fees which is offered by the school to student`s parent is framed, according to Sharia, as a gift promise because the tuition fees are the liability of the parent once he/she concludes the contract with the school. In addition, the school made this offer to motivate students to study more and achieve more on the academic level.

In conclusion, the scholarship offered by the above school is valid and it is okay for the parent to enroll his/her son/daughter in that school. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with asking the school to honor its promise in case the student was able to achieve a rate of (95%). And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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