In an attempt to accommodate defaulting students in the main streams of the 2022 academic year, the universities council agreed to grant respite to students who want to register.
The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)’s council and management approved as announced by their respective offices of the bursar that all senior students that have fully settled their previous year’s debt may register without a deposit.
Equally, any student with an outstanding balance of N$10 000 may pay an amount of at least N$2 200 in order to continue with registration.
Also, new students and first-time Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) potential awardees with acknowledgement letters can register after paying a deposit of N$2 200.
Those students with special circumstances will have to consult the director of student services for consideration. NUST senior students started registration from 17 January to 11 February 2022. For new students, registration started from 1 to 11 February 2022.
New students include international students, mature age, advanced standing, and postgraduate.Dates for late registration are 14 to 18 February 2022, while special registration started on 1 to 11 March 2022 (NSSCO and NSSCAS).
Classes at NUST resumed on 22 February 2022.
Meanwhile, the University of Namibia (Unam) management decided that students with outstanding fees could make payment arrangements to allow them to register for the first semester of 2022.
Unam council decided NSFAF students who failed will pay the registration fee of N$2 245.
Such students are also required to sign a debit order for the remaining outstanding fee balance.
The office of the bursar has advised students to register only for subjects that they failed. For the private students that owe less than N$5 000, management decided they must pay the registration fees of N$2 245. They are also expected to sign a debit order for the remaining outstanding fee balance.
However, the private students that owe more than N$5 000 are expected to pay a minimum deposit of 20% on the outstanding fees. Once they settle their 20% outstanding fees, such students may pay registration fees of N$2 245.
They too must sign a debit order for the remaining outstanding fee balance. The office of the bursar reminded students with outstanding fees who previously had unsuccessful debit orders that they are not allowed to make any debit order arrangements.
The university instructed students to settle all outstanding fees and pay the required registration deposit. Unam late registration for first-year students started on 28 February and ends on 4 March.
All Unam full-time registered students returned to the classroom for face-to-face studies supported by online teaching from 28 February.
Caption: Leeway… NUST and Unam gave some financial amnesty to defaulters to register. Photo: Emmency Nuukala