The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is urging the Student Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) and the government to promptly disburse funds to eligible applicants to ensure their academic progression. NUGS highlights that some students are at risk of being unable to register for courses or may face deferred academic activities due to unpaid student loans. Several institutions have issued warnings to students regarding registration deadlines as exams approach.
According to NUGS, they have received numerous complaints from students across the country regarding the delayed payment of student loans, including outstanding arrears from last semester.
This issue is particularly concerning given the current situation in the country, with many students already facing financial difficulties. Approximately 70,000 students have applied for loans, further exacerbating the problem.
Also, NUGS is calling for the urgent payment of eligible student loans to prevent further disruption to academic activities. Failure to disburse these funds could result in students being unable to continue their studies, which could have long-term consequences. The union is urging the Student Loan Trust Fund and the government to prioritize the needs of students and take immediate action to address this critical issue.