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USP to Help Students Ease Financial Burden

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Staff at Enrolment Hub.

Private students who choose to study at the University of the South Pacific this year can apply and take advantage of the USP Bursary Scheme offered by the University to ease their financial burden. 
The Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance for approximately 250 – 300 undergraduate or postgraduate level scholarships per semester for students from all its member countries. Students are encouraged to contact the Scholarship Unit to find out more about how they can get assistance.  The information is also available on USP’s website.  
Acting Deputy Vice- Chancellor Education, Professor Jito Vanualailai said with the current challenging economic environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is committed to easing the complexity of navigating tertiary tuition fees for its students through the USP Bursary Scheme. 
He said this Scheme will greatly assist students to pursue their studies at USP.
In addition to the Bursary Scheme, USP also facilitates and offers other financial assistance including private scholarships, Fellowship Funds and various other non-government programme grants. These include, the Pacific Excellence Award Scholarship (15 per year); USP Regional Disability Scholarship (20 – 30 scholarships); Pacific Scholarship for Excellence in Research & Innovation (12 Masters and 8 PhD scholarships); Westpac Women and Girls Education Grant (5 scholarships); Shrikisun Balgovind Scholarship (2 scholarships); Bai ni Ose Scholarships (4 scholarships); Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund(1 PhD each year) and the Pacific Regional Sports Research Scholarship (3 Masters by research each year). All scholarships have their own criteria and are offered either on academic merit, financial hardships and priority research areas.
Students with a disability who have chosen to pursue tertiary studies with USP can also take advantage of the USP Regional Disability Scholarship. The scholarship offers students with any disability an opportunity to study and attain a tertiary qualification through the various programmes and courses offered in Fiji and in the Pacific Islands. Recipients are offered full tuition and various other benefits under this scholarship. 

Staff assisting students.

Pacific Excellence Award Scholarship recipient Shivneet Prasad said the PAE scholarship has provided him and other USP students the ability to pursue tertiary studies with no financial worries, making it easier for them to achieve their academic goals. 
“The Scholarship has made a big difference in my education.  Having a scholarship also reduces financial concerns and it gives me more time to focus on learning and achieving good grades, he added.
Criteria for the Bursary Scheme and other financial provisions offered by USP are advertised at the beginning of every academic year. 
Flexible payment of Tuition Fees
USP accepts payment of tuition fees in instalments and students who may face difficulty in payment their tuition fees in full can be assisted.  The students will need to sign instalment agreements at the Finance Section or at their respective campuses. 
Enrolment Hub
A Student Administrative Services Enrolment Hub has been set up at the Laucala Campus from 18 January to enrol students and provide necessary assistance to those who are beginning classes in Semester 1 beginning 1 March 2021.  Students who have not yet enrolled are encouraged to visit the Enrolment Hub and finalise their enrolment.
The USP Enrolment Fair 
USP is holding an Enrolment Fair from 2 – 5 February at the USP Student Car Park.  
The Fair will provide a space for students to come together and learn more about the USP Community and get information about Laucala Campus, seek academic advice and make connections with USP academic and administration staff. All Schools and Academic Units will be present at the fair to assist students with their enquiries and help them enrol.
There will be entertainment and campus tours provided on the day. New students are encouraged to attend the fair as it will be a one off opportunity to get all their queries answered and to talk to people with first-hand experience before semester begins in March.
Students can learn more about the various services that will be made available at the USP Enrolment Fair via the USP social media page, radio or the newspapers.

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