Makerere to Introduce New Tuition Payment Policy

According to the draft by a committee that was set to review the previous policy that was dropped in April this year released on Friday, all new students will have to pay 60 per cent of tuition fees before being issues admission letters.


The draft also states that every continuing student shall pay a commitment fee as may be fixed by the University Council, provided that at the time of approval, of this policy, the commitment fee shall be Shs 200, 000, before the student is provisionally registered. The provisional registration and the payment must be done within the first 2 weeks each semester, and failure to do so calls for a de-registration of that student.

This draft however considers students with financial constraints and it puts an option for them.

“A student who fails to provisionally register by the end of the second week of a semester for genuine reasons may apply to the Vice Chancellor for special consideration for late registration… Late Registration Fee shall be Shs 100,000, in addition to the commitment fee,” reads part of the draft policy.

Three window payment system

According to the draft, students will be offered an opportunity to pay tuition in windows, but a student can’t belong to more than one window payment system.

The first window states that students shall pay all the approved functional and tuition fees the end of the sixth week of the semester, and upon completion of payment of the approved fees, the student shall be given a full registration for that semester.

For students opting for the second window states that they shall pay all the approved functional and tuition fees as well as Late Fees Payment charge equivalent to 5 Per cent of all fees due for that semester by the end of the 12th week of the semester. Upon completion of payment of the requisite fees, a student shall be given full registration for that semester.

The third window states that because there are students who work to pay their fees, the university has put in place a “monthly payment plan. Under this window, students must apply in writing to the Vice Chancellor, and provide documentation as evidence of their financial hardships.

Additionally, applications will be reviewed on individual basis and arranged on per-semester basis only. It’s further stated that payment plans cannot be applied retrospectively and are not available but new students starting their academic year 2016/2017 on Aug 6.

This Monthly Payment Plan is available to all undergraduates and graduates. Students to opt for it have been advised to sign up as soon as possible, if the draft is approved as it is, at the beginning of the semester, so as to be in position to know within how many months they can pay up fees.

CREDIT: An abridged version this story was first published on Journalism@mak website