01 Feb 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) The Council of the University of Namibia (UNAM), at its meeting held Wednesday, revised and approved fees payable during the 2018 registration period.
Upon enquiry here Thursday, its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Simon Namesho, explained that statistics compiled by UNAM indicate that 50 per cent of students have paid up and registered while 40 per cent are yet pending due to financial constraints.
Council then arrived to the decision to revise the registration fees with immediate effect to allow students to be able to register, he said.
Namesho added that the call from government to review registration fees and the appeal from the Student Representative Council (SRC) are also among the reasons for this decision.
The PRO who gave a breakdown on how the outstanding tuition fees should be settled noted that the minimum deposit on tuition fees has been reduced to 20 per cent for new Namibian students which includes all those with outstanding balances.
The remaining 30 per cent is payable before the regular examinations commences during May 2018, he added.
The returning students with outstanding fees for 2017, he continued are also allowed to register but are required to pay a 20 per cent deposit on the 2018 tuition fees.
Such students are further required to clear their outstanding balances for 2017 in addition to the remaining 30 per cent of the 2018 tuition fees before May 2018, he added.
The minimum deposit on the tuition fees for the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and Non-Sadc students has been reduced to 50 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively while the compulsory 2018 registration fee of N. dollars 2000 remains payable by all students.
Namesho further said Namibian and Sadc students have to pay the remaining 20 per cent amount at the commencement of the 2018 second semester to access the student portal and to view results.
The remaining 20 per cent is payable before the regular examinations commences during October, reads the statement.
All the Namibian needy students that cannot afford to pay the required deposit will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students, which is mandated and endowed with means of assisting such students.