That is awful news for Iranian people, and the spirit of academic independence. Scholarship has always been important in Iran.
>>>”The university is viewed as an alternative for middle-class families who do not have the connections or ideological requirements to qualify for publicly-funded higher eduction.”<<<
Most Uni students, in and out of Iran, receiving Scholarships, have been & can, mostly, be Very closely associated with the Islamic Regime in Iran (Rafsanjani, Khamenei, AN, or other more publicly known or unknown IRI figures - directly or indirectly).
BUT, it doesn’t mean that All Uni students (or their families) from various Universities in Iran are connected to the IRI.
Additionally, approx. 99% of mainstream & well regarded Universities, since 1979 in Iran, primarily, have admitted, or, at the very least, give preference to Muslim born (Shia) individuals/families in today’s Islamically governed Iran.
Shia born muslim Iranians, who can establish their Shia muslim identity, most definitely, are given preference for scholarship (in & out of Iran), entering Uni, seeking jobs, housing, employment, etc... (as examples) over Iranian religious minorities.
The same, per above, did Not apply during the Shah’s govt.