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Programme Keeps Saglaire’s Morale High

After her mother died in 2015, Racheal Saglaire knew it was time for her to strive for success.
30 Jun 2022 16:00
Programme Keeps Saglaire’s Morale High
Racheal Saglaire outside the University of the South Pacific in Suva on June 29, 2022. Photo: Jone Salusalu

After her mother died in 2015, Racheal Saglaire knew it was time for her to strive for success.

The 20-year-old is now a second- year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus.

She had to leave her father, a yaqona farmer, and four siblings behind in Vanua Levu with a mission to accomplish her goals.

 

Ms Saglaire said that moving to Suva to study was only possible through the Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service (TSLS).

She is among the more than 53,115 students who have benefited from the government initiative.

“This initiative has eased the bur- den on my family, particularly for students like me,” she said.

 

“I am able to pay for my tuition and accommodation to which I must add that would not be possible if it wasn’t for this initiative,” she said.

Even though there were adjustments to be made for her budget to stay afloat, the support provided under TELS kept her morale high.

Her aim now is to finish her studies and repay her loan within two years.

 

Meanwhile, a statement by TSLS stated that, of the more than 53,115 TSLS students, 48,312 were under the Tertiary Education Loans scheme (TELS) and 4564 under the National Toppers Scholarship (NTS) including 25 for overseas studies.

“The early loan repayments are now highly incentivised, giving TELS recipients the opportunity to have a significant portion of study loan paid off by the Government.”

The earlier the loan is paid off, the higher the discount rate on the loan amount,” the statement said.

 

Feedback: jone.salusalu@fijisun.com.fj



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