USP e-ac­ti­vates stu­dent ac­counts

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The Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific yes­ter­day re-ac­ti­vated stu­dent ac­counts for those who had paid their tu­ition fees in full but have other out­stand­ing fees.

This is af­ter sev­eral USP stu­dents were un­sat­is­fied with the univer­sity’s de­ci­sion to de-reg­is­ter their stu­dent ac­counts on Mon­day for non-pay­ment of full tu­ition fees in­clud­ing other fees.

USP’s act­ing vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Richard Coll con­firmed that the univer­sity would now al­low stu­dents who had fully paid tu­ition fees, but have not paid some other fees such as the gen­eral ser­vice fee to sit for their ex­am­i­na­tions and re­sume us­ing their fa­cil­i­ties.

Pro­fes­sor Coll said the Univer­sity would only re­lease their ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults upon clearance of all out­stand­ing fees.

In an ear­lier state­ment, USP had de­cided not to dereg­is­ter stu­dents whose fees were paid by govern­ment spon­sors and schol­ar­ship providers or through Fiji’s Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Loan Scheme (TELS).

“De-ac­ti­va­tion is for pri­vate stu­dents who have not paid tu­ition fees within the time per­mis­si­ble un­der the Univer­sity pol­icy. Ma­jor­ity of these stu­dents are from out­side Fiji,” the state­ment said. Pre­vi­ously, stu­dents who had other out­stand­ing fees con­tin­ued to use USP’s fa­cil­i­ties and sat for ex­am­i­na­tions with their grades be­ing re­leased upon clearance of fees.

The de­ci­sion to de-reg­is­ter stu­dents with out­stand­ing fees just weeks into their fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the USP Se­nate.

This came in to ef­fect in Se­mes­ter Two this year be­cause of high stu­dent debt which ac­cu­mu­lated every year amount­ing to mil­lions of dol­lars. “Over the se­mes­ter, nu­mer­ous re­minder emails on fee pay­ment dead­line and fee in­stal­ment pay­ment plans had been sent out to all stu­dents,” Pro­fes­sor Coll said. USP Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Martin David con­firmed to the Fiji Sun that he met with the Deputy Vice Chan­cel­lor yes­ter­day af­ter­noon to dis­cuss so­lu­tions best fit to meet stu­dents. Mr Martin said the USP Se­nate’s de­ci­sion stood for stu­dents who were still dereg­is­tered and were granted another grace pe­riod un­til next Mon­day to clear their fees. “There are some stu­dents who have been re-reg­is­tered and a list is there of some stu­dents who are still dereg­is­tered who have un­til next Mon­day to pay their fees,” he said.

“The Univer­sity will con­tinue to de-reg­is­ter stu­dents who haven’t made any at­tempt to pay any tu­ition fees but the grace pe­riod also ap­plies.”

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