In line with the theme of “Building a Smarter Fiji”, the Government announced a number of major initiatives that now ensure that every young person has access to tertiary education. The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commodore Josaia Bainimarama stated in his 2014 budget address as follows:
“My Government believes that no young person should be left behind, even at the tertiary level. No student should be prevented from reaching for their dreams because they cannot afford it.
So today I announce a major tertiary initiative that will provide low-interest Government loans to any Fijian student who is accepted at one of the tertiary institutions in Fiji.
The Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) will cover up to the full cost of tuition and will not have to be repaid until after a student has graduated and received employment. Fijians from families that earn less than $25,000 a year will pay no interest on these loans.
The application forms will be available prior to the release of the FSFE results on 31s December 2013, and they can be collected from the Tertiary Scholorships and Loans Board Office on the 6th floor, Suvavou House, Victoria Parade, Suva (Opening Hours : 8am-1pm; 2pm-4:30pm); the Qualifying institutions listed above, or obtained from the TSLB website http://www.tslb.com.fj.
Postal address: Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Board, Private Mailbag, Govt. Buildings, Suva; Physical Office Location: Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Board, 6th floor, Suvavou House, Victoria Parade, Suva (Opening Hours : 8am-1pm; 2pm-4:30pm);
Please note, the closing date for applications is Friday, 10th January 2014.