The analysis by the Equitable Education Research Institute (EEFI), under the Equitable Education Fund (EEF) Thailand, based on the results of the Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS) for the academic year 2023, revealed that out of 175,977 grade 9 Equity Fund recipients in the academic year 2022, 21,921 students successfully gained admission to universities, constituting 12.46% of the scholarship recipients, spread across 69 universities nationwide. However, concerns persist among many parents and students themselves; despite overcoming basic educational hurdles to reach the university level, another set of uncertainties loom large at this pivotal juncture due to financial constraints — “what assurances are in place to ensure their journey towards success?” Reflecting on the experiences of four Thai universities, the EEF endeavours to leverage comprehensive support mechanisms embedded within higher educational institutions to ensure that all deserving students have the necessary resources and opportunities to successfully navigate their journey toward academic success in tertiary education.

Khon Kaen University is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their financial background, have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate studies. In addressing educational disparities, the university offers various scholarship programs, including the Modindang Fund from the “Thod Phapa” robe-offering ceremonies and the mainstay Student Loan Fund (SLF), with the flexible options of continuous funding of 30,000 Thai baht per year and non-continuous funding of 10,000 Thai baht per year, to provide financial assistance to those in need. Furthermore, there is additional private funding, which encompasses projects related to supporting part-time employment during studies, with a budget of almost 10 million Thai baht, fostering student financial independence. By conducting family status assessments, the university identifies students’ financial needs and tailors assistance programs accordingly, ensuring sustainable support. Moreover, by leveraging innovative platforms, the university facilitates diverse student employment opportunities, further enhancing the accessibility of diverse student backgrounds. With a steadfast dedication to inclusivity, Khon Kaen University encourages financially disadvantaged students to apply for assistance, assuring that every admitted student will receive the requisite support to pursue their educational aspirations.


At the heart of Suan Dusit University’s mission lies a commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all students to successfully complete their educational journey. To address financial constraints, it has established a comprehensive education assurance system, anchored by the Education and Career Guidance Center. This center not only offers valuable assistance and guidance but also facilitates access to loans from the SLF, providing a monthly allowance of 3,000 Thai baht. Furthermore, the university extends various scholarship programs to alleviate financial burdens. Innovative initiatives such as the Suan Dusit Opportunity Enhancement Project and the Cooperative Education Program offer students part-time work opportunities on campus with a monthly allowance of 3,000 Thai  baht, and teaching practice at affiliated demonstration schools with a monthly allowance of 5,000 Thai baht, respectively. By categorizing incoming students based on their financial needs, the university ensures tailored assistance, ranging from loan facilities to alternative support avenues like scholarships and work-study opportunities, thus fostering sustainable student welfare and academic success. Looking forward, Suan Dusit University has adopted forward-thinking strategies to enhance educational access, including flexible tuition fee payment options and fundraising endeavours.

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University goes above and beyond conventional aid to uplift financially disadvantaged students throughout their academic journey. By categorizing students based on vulnerability and reliance on student loans into two main groups: those without national ID cards, considered particularly vulnerable and prioritized for aid, and those relying on student loans, who may seek additional support from the university, it prioritizes aid where it is most needed. Crucially, the university’s commitment to keeping tuition fees stable ensures affordability for all students throughout their undergraduate years, with further opportunities for supplementary funding available. Moreover, emphasizing inclusivity and proactive support, consistently identifying and addressing the needs of financially distressed students, the university continually strengthens its financial assistance programs and work-study initiatives. This multifaceted approach not only provides immediate relief but also addresses the root causes of financial hardship; through sustained, targeted efforts in income redistribution and expanding educational access, the university aims to create a more equitable learning environment for marginalized student populations. By prioritizing the needs of financially distressed students, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University demonstrates its unwavering dedication to fostering academic success and social mobility for all.

At King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, every student’s educational journey is safeguarded against financial hurdles, ensuring that none fail to complete their studies due to economic constraints. With a firm dedication to inclusivity, it employs a multifaceted strategy to bridge educational disparities across various demographics, including urban, rural, remote, and hill tribe populations. Through diverse funding initiatives, students receive comprehensive support covering tuition fees, accommodation, and living expenses. Looking ahead, the university plans to leverage technology to further enhance affordability and broaden opportunities, including offering compensated research positions and employment in fields like web development. Underpinning its commitment to equitable education are initiatives like the Social Lab and extensive support networks, ensuring that every student, regardless of their financial circumstances, thrives academically. By prioritizing accessibility and support, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi remains steadfast in its mission to empower students to successfully complete their studies and pursue their aspirations, embodying a vision of education that transcends economic barriers.

Across various universities, extensive efforts have been made to ensure that all students, regardless of their financial background, have the opportunity to complete their studies successfully. These initiatives include offering a diverse range of scholarship programs and financial aid options, such as part-time employment opportunities. Additionally, comprehensive support systems have been established to address students’ financial constraints, including guidance centers and tailored assistance programs based on students’ individual needs. These measures aim to foster sustainable student welfare and academic success, reflecting a commitment to inclusivity and support throughout the educational journey.

These initiatives are closely attuned to the needs of students, particularly those grappling with financial constraints, offering them vital resources and pathways to pursue education without undue financial strain. By addressing educational disparities and ensuring equal access to learning opportunities, Thai universities empower students from diverse backgrounds to excel academically and realize their educational aspirations. These endeavors extend beyond individual benefits, holding significant societal implications; they aid in breaking the cycle of poverty and bolstering social mobility, as investing in education and fostering equitable opportunities cultivates a more inclusive and prosperous society. Such endeavors resonate deeply with the mission of the Equitable Education Fund (EEF) Thailand, which seeks to diminish education inequality through research, collaboration, and robust support for individuals of all ages in need.