In a memo put out by the University of Sierra Leone (USL), the University has informed the public that they (USL) have opened their portal for the 2020/2021 Online Application process for both Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses.
“The University of Sierra Leone wishes to inform the general public that it will open its online applications process on Tuesday 24th March 2020 for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses tenable at Fourah Bay College (FBC), College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPAM) for the 2020/2021 Academic Year,” the notice stated.
The University further stated that applicants can obtain application pins at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and the Union Trust Bank (UTB) in Freetown or any of the branches at the cost of Le300,000 for Undergraduate and Le500,000 for Postgraduates courses.
“Prospective applicants can obtain the application pins at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and the Union Trust Bank (UTB) in Freetown or any of the branches at the cost of Le300,000 for Undergraduate and Le500,000 for Postgraduates courses,” the memo stated.
According to the Director of Communication, University of Sierra Leone, Dr. Tonya Musa the online application process is totally different from the buying of application forms, noting that it is a processing fees.
Dr. Musa also maintained that those who applied last year paid the same fees for the processing of their application.
He affirmed that government is aware of the online registration process which has do with the payment of Le300,000 and Le500,000 as processing fees for both Undergraduate and Postgraduates Applicants respectively.
In the midst of all this, the President Bio led administration put out a memo on the 12th of July 2018 stating that government has eliminated fees for university application forms.
“It has pleased His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to eliminate the payment of fees for University forms starting September 2018/2019 academic year,” stated President Bio.
President further maintained that refunds will be made by the university to applicants who had already purchased their forms upon their (the university) receipts of payment from the government.
Despite this directives, students are still complaining that they are yet to receive their refunds for forms purchased from the university.
Responding to this concern, Dr. Musa stated that there is an ongoing arrangement to ensure that those who are yet to get their payments are paid through the bank adding that some have been paid already directly by the administration.
Efforts made to reach the State House Strategist Communication Adviser, Dr. Patrick Muana proved fruitless.