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TELS Recipients Can Repeat And Change Programme

Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) will now allow students to repeat units and change their programme of study, including majors and minors. Students will be allowed to repeat any unit
30 Jun 2017 10:17
TELS Recipients Can Repeat And Change Programme

Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) will now allow students to repeat units and change their programme of study, including majors and minors.

Students will be allowed to repeat any unit once however TELS will not cover the cost of repeating the unit the third time.

There is no limit on the total number of units that can be repeated.

$196.4 million has been allocated in the 2017-2018 Budget to fund the various scholarships and loans administered by the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB).

This is a drastic increase of $81.1 million compared to the previous financial year.

Currently, scholarships and loans administered by the TSLB support 15,800 students in Fiji.

The increase in budget for TSLB will fund the expansion of these financial aid programmes to reach more students and restructure the programmes to grant recipients greater flexibility.

Furthermore, $18.3 million has been allocated to introduce incidental and book allowances for TELS students at $1000 per annum (or $500 per semester or $333 per trimester).

Students enrolled in semester based courses will now receive an allowance of $6600 per annum or $3,300 per semester. This is an increase from the current $4334 per annum.

Students that are enrolled in courses that are trimester based will receive an allowance of $7125 per annum or $2375 per trimester compared to the current allowance of $5736 per annum or $1912 per trimester.

This was the allowance previously only accessible to recipients of National Toppers Scholarship.

The Government will not require guarantors however those currently paying will continue to do so.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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