Important information regarding educational fee reimbursement | New rules and amendments in fee reimbursement of students Students who are doing their higher education courses under Tuition Fees Reimbursement Scheme have to be more careful from this year. The reason for this is that new guidelines have been given for the implementation of this scheme when compared to previous year. Only after satisfying the new guidelines can a student get benefits from this scheme and complete the course. Otherwise the course may have to be discontinued in the middle as there may be difficulties in receiving the tuition fees. As it is known, the government has okayed the new guidelines recommended by the team of ministers. Let us discuss the problems of students during counselling, Tuition fees reimbursement scheme and the new guidelines. Intentions of the scheme: Tuition fees reimbursement scheme was introduced for the benefit of students who are talented but economically backward. This was introduced in the year 2008-09 academic years. This was available only for SC, ST students and BC, Minority a Physically handicapped were included from the year 2008-09. This scheme was applied to all the poor students whose parents had an annual income of less than one lakh. Then in 2009-10 this scheme was extended to economically backward class students. As a result of this many poor students could come under this scheme and joined big colleges. This scheme, which has a goal of giving well trained human resources required by Andhra Pradesh and India, was properly utilized by the students. Students are going to join the course like Medicine, Engineering, MBA,MCA along with BA, BCom, BSC and other post graduate courses. New rules When this scheme was introduced in 2008, it was easy to get the income proof certificate from the MRO by producing the white ration card. With the change in the rules, income certificate will be issued only after inspecting the various ways of income of the family. MROs will issue the income certificates only in the specified pattern. New rules will be followed strictly. There would be no problem for those who have already got the certificates. But new people have to get the certificates in the specified format. Income will be estimated depending on 9 factors like cultivation, buildings, other income sources, vehicle etc. The rent being paid and the mobile phone details will also be considered. There are new conditions like minimum attendance, spot admission exclusion from the scheme, fee limitations for self finance courses. There would be no fee reimbursement for those candidates who cannot get through the exam. The Fee reimbursement scheme was available for the candidates who were allotted seats under convener quota, as well as for the students who got seats in the spot admissions the colleges undertake, for the seats remained in counseling till last year. With the new conditions this scheme will not be applied to the candidates who got admission under spot admission. Nearly 20% seats are not filled during the government counseling. These seats were filled by the college managements with eligible candidates. Presently the students have to pay their own fee. No fees if the attendance is less The old rule of 75% attendance for the students is implemented till previous year. Attendance rule was not applied to the fee scheme. This time it is compulsory to have 75% attendance. There was a consideration as per the university rules even when the attendance was 10% less when health reasons were cited. But now if the 75% attendance rule is not satisfied, those students will be exempted from the fees reimbursement scheme. Till now the fees were released irrespective of pass or failure of the candidate. But now fee will be reimbursed only when the student is promoted to next class. The percentage of students who are failed in first year of professional courses is nearly 70. The first year pass percentage in JNTU this year was 31%. That means 69% of the students failed in first year. The atmosphere in the engineering colleges is new to students who come from rural back ground. They may take a little longer time to adjust in the new place. So students who are under this fee imbursement scheme should be very careful, as there would be no fees if they fail in the first year. Otherwise parents have to bear the burden of fees. Self finance courses For self finance category professional seats in some universities and colleges, there is a limitation of Rs.20,000 per year with the new rules. That means the Government will pay only Rs.20,000. Remaining fees has to be paid by the students and their parents. This rule was there from the day the scheme was introduced. But as there were many appeals from various societies, the fee was paid fully. With the new rules poor students has to go for loans to pay the fees. Corporate feesTo provide quality education to talented but poor SC, ST and BC students, the government has introduced the corporate colleges education scheme. But now this scheme will not be applied to the students who are failed. The government will pay the fees only if the students pass. Otherwise the corporate colleges management may force the students to pay the fees. Corporate colleges may not want to provide education to poor people. Students who joined in various courses this academic year(2010-11) and students who are going to join in courses like BTech, BPharmacy, MBA,MCA and other post graduate courses have to remember these new guidelines. Only when these conditions are satisfied can benefit from this scheme and complete their studies.