No Hike in UTME Registration Fee – JAMB Affirms Commitment to Accessibility

JAMB assures general public that the Board will do all within its powers to ensure that candidates are not overburdened

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that there is no increase in the registration fee for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2024.

The board said the cost of purchasing the UTME form remained N3,500 despite an increase in its cost of production.

JAMB plays a crucial role in the Nigerian education system, overseeing the process of university admissions through the UTME. The announcement comes amid concerns and speculations about a possible increase in the registration fee due to the economic challenges faced by the education sector.

In a press release, JAMB highlighted its dedication to ensuring that the cost of registering for the UTME remains affordable for all prospective candidates. The decision to keep the registration fee unchanged at N3,500 aims to ease the financial burden on students and their families, particularly in a time when economic pressures are felt across various sectors.

While the cost of production has increased, JAMB has decided not to transfer the additional expenses to the candidates. This decision aligns with the organization’s commitment to fostering equal educational opportunities. JAMB recognizes the financial constraints faced by many families and understands the importance of keeping education accessible.

The board acknowledged the challenges posed by economic uncertainties but emphasized that education should not be a casualty of these difficulties. By maintaining the current registration fee, JAMB aims to contribute to the broader goal of encouraging more students to pursue higher education and attain their academic aspirations.

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JAMB’s public communication advisor, Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement on Wednesday that the cost of the board examination fee remained low to ensure that candidates were not overburdened.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to several publications in recent times insinuating that the Board has increased its examination registration fee.

“This is far from the truth, as the cost of obtaining the Board’s UTME application documents remains N3,500, which has been the cost of its application documents since it was brought down from N5,000 in 2018. Therefore, the Board wishes to state that the cost of the application document has not increased in spite of the prevailing economic reality in the country, which has also affected the cost of the Board’s operations.

“Consequently, the Board wishes to assure the general public that the Board has been doing all within its powers to ensure that candidates are not overburdened in any way.

“One of these measures is to deliberately keep costs low, hence its decision to make available its use of English reading text free of charge through a QR code to ensure that the increase in cost of production is not passed on to candidates. Therefore, all UTME candidates would access the reading text free of charge through multiple channels, which include their profiles, e-mail addresses, notification slips, and the Board’s website.

“It is, however, pertinent to state the fact that what is being perceived in some quarters as an increment in its fees is nothing other than the fallout of its cashless policy, through which all fees payable by candidates to CBT centres have been consolidated and are paid along with their application fees to prevent their wanton exploitation by unscrupulous centre owners.

“These fees are, in turn, remitted to partnering centres every week. For instance, candidates are expected to pay N700 for registration, N1500 for examination fees, and N1500 for the optional mock-UTME at privately owned centres.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the 2024 UTME/DE e-PIN remains N3500. The registration fee of N700, which is to be paid to CBT centres by candidates, is now to be collected by the Board along with N1500, which is the cost of setting the main UTME, and N1500 as the cost of the optional mock-UTME, etc., which is to be collected by the Board on behalf of the CBT centres.”


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