UGC asks colleges and universities to refund full fees if student cancels admission

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered all colleges and universities to refund full fees, if any, to students who had been admitted but later waived them. With the 2022 Common University Entrance Test (CUET) UG results not released, many students have already accepted admission to private colleges as a fallback option.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar will write to all HEIs to fully refund the fees for the 2022-23 academic session as a special case. There should be no cancellation fees due to cancellations or migrations till October 31 and more than 1,000 rupees as processing fee if cancellation is made by December this year, reported the main daily news.

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Universities will now be required to refund all fees, including all fees, in the event of cancellation/migration until October 31, 2022. In accordance with the refund policy of many private universities, after one month of the start of classes, fees may not be refunded to students. Several universities begin their academic session in mid-August and September. Now, the fee refund policy will be extended until October 31 for the current academic session.

The UGC previously asked colleges and universities to set their final admission date only after the CBSE released the Class 12 result. It was announced on July 22. The admissions process can now continue until October, UGC said.

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CUET 2022, which is due to begin its Phase II exams tomorrow, will end on August 20. The results should take about 15 days to be announced. By the time admissions to Central Universities and other participating universities through CUET begin, the refund window for other private and non-participating colleges will expire. Thus, to relieve students and parents and to eliminate their financial difficulties, the UGC took the plunge.

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