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NELFUND Postpones Student Loan Applications For State Institutions By 14 Days



…Blames state institutions’ low Data submission

By Onota Oghenevwede

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has postponed the application process for student loans for state institutions by 14 days, citing low data submissions from schools across the country.

BIGPEN NIGERIA ( reports that the new application window is now set to open on July 10, 2024.


Nasir Ayitogo, Head of Media and Public Relations, NELFUND who announced this in a statement, said that the decision was necessitated by the failure of several state owned institutions to upload the required student data and fees information to the NELFUND Student Verification System (SVS).

The statement reads, “To date, only a limited number of state owned institutions have successfully completed the data submission process. These include 20 state universities out of 48, 12 state colleges out of 54 and 2 state polytechnics out of 49.

“While we acknowledge the efforts of these institutions, the failure to submit data from the remaining state institutions poses significant challenges to ensuring a seamless and accurate verification process for student loan applicants.


“The application window, initially set to open on June 25, 2024, will now commence on July 10, 2024.”

“This extension will provide additional time for state institutions to comply with the data submission requirements and ensure their students can benefit from the Federal Government student loan scheme.

“To facilitate an efficient and error-free application process, it is crucial that all state institutions provide complete and accurate information.


“This includes JAMB numbers, matriculation numbers, admission numbers, full names, level, faculties, departments, duration of program, fees and gender of all eligible students. He added

Meanwhile, incomplete or incorrect data submissions will result in application delays and potential disqualification for affected students.He noted

NELFUND, further urged all state institutions to expedite their data submission processes and ensure the accuracy of the information provided.


“Institutions that fail to meet the revised deadline risk disadvantaging their students, who depend on these loans to support their education.

“The fund appreciates cooperation of institutions that have already completed their submissions and encourage others to follow suit promptly”

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