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UWI reminds students to pay on time or face deregistration

BY PETRE WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, January 18, 2005    

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THE University of the West Indies, Mona, in an apparent attempt to avoid last year's fiasco when students claimed that they were not aware of fee deadlines, has been running newspaper ads advising students of the final dates for payments for the new semester.

Students who do not pay their fees on time could face deregistration. "We have tried to give them as much notice as we can and the basic thing is that we really have to say that students have to meet their obligations or we can't continue to have them in the institution this semester," deputy principal Joseph Periera told the Observer yesterday.

Students have until this Friday to make all tuition fee payments. They will, however, be allowed up to January 28 for late payments, but will be liable to pay a $1,000 fine in addition to one per cent of the amount owing. Students who do not pay by January 28 will be deregistered.

The university, in addition to newspaper ads, has been keeping students informed of the fee payment dates via the institution's online system - the 'campus pipeline'.

The university could not say how many students had made tuition payments for classes, which started yesterday.

"It is early days yet in the sense that they have really until the end of this week before they incur late charges. So, the figures would be changing minutely," Periera said.

The deputy principal added that he was aware of two cases of students having requested extensions, beyond January 28, to make their payments.

The UWI Guild of Students last semester locked down the campus for one day to protest against the university's plan to deregister those who had not paid their fees. The protest followed weeks of wrangling between the UWI's administration and the guild.

More than 500 students were eventually deregistered after they failed to meet the October 15 deadline that was set by the university's Finance and General Purposes Committee. Of that number, 229 were part-time students and 323, full-time.

williamsp@jamaicaobserver.com

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