By Disha Saxena
New Delhi: On Tuesday, the accrediting body for higher education, the University Grants Commission (UGC), ordered universities to return all fees to applicants who withdraw or transfer to another institution by October 31 or earlier. The commission stated that after subtracting a cancellation fee of up to 1,000, December 21 is the final day for receiving a refund of the fee.
According to the UGC refund policy of many private colleges, fees paid by students cannot be refunded after the start of their studies by one month. Academic periods at most universities start in the middle of August and September. The current academic session's fee refund policy will now be extended till October 31. The commission had instructed the higher institutions to set the undergraduate admission deadline following the results of the CBSE Class 12 in July 2022.
According to the statement, "Several entrance exams, such as CUET, JEE Main, JEE Advance, etc., have been postponed, so admissions may continue through October 2022."
"In light of the foregoing, and in order to prevent financial hardships being experienced by parents, it has been decided by UGC that, in a special case, full refunds of fees should be made by higher educational institutions on account of all cancellations of admissions/migrations of students up to October 31, 2022 for the academic session 2022–2023. After that, if an admission is cancelled or withheld up until December 31, 2022, the whole amount of the tuition collected from the student must be repaid, less a processing fee of no more than Rs. 1000, according to the UGC announcement.
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