Students are only required to start repaying the TELS loan after obtaining formal full-time employment.


The Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Service states that the requirements for loan repayment are that students do not begin repaying until they have obtained formal full-time employment.

They say that in cases where students are unable to secure full-time formal employment, they are not required to begin with loan repayment.

TSLS says that if students cannot find formal full-time employment after graduation, they can always notify the Fijian Tax and Customs Service of their employment status and make any necessary arrangements for reimbursement. of the loan.

This was after a third-year student who had been looking for a job for the past year worried about finding a job after graduation and paying off her loan under the program. higher education and loans.

Karishma Kumari of Viwawa, Navua says she has filed about 15 applications so far but has not been able to find a job since late last year.

The 22-year-old says on an estimate that her loan is around $ 15,000 and that she is worried about finding a job.

She adds that she has to travel daily from Navua to Suva, which costs her around $ 10 per day, but she only receives $ 30 allowance per week from TELS, which is not enough.

Kumari says her father is a casual worker and that she wants to reduce the burden on her family by finding a job.

TSLS indicates that the maximum amount of bus tickets for any TELS student is $ 30 per week and that no student can be granted a bus ticket above the approved rate.

They say that according to the 2018/2019 national budget to help students who need at least two bus trips to attend classes, the bus transportation allowance has been increased from $ 15 to $ 30 per week.

TSLS adds that in the event that the price is not sufficient, students always have the possibility of using the allowance for incidental and parking costs to make up for the shortfall.

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