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UCC, SLB sign agreement to make loan application easier

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Professor Dennis J. Gayle, Executive Chancellor, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean

Students of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) are to benefit from a recent agreement signed between the institution and the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) to facilitate the seamless processing of loan applications.

Under the memorandum of understanding, both organisations will seek to mutually promote effectiveness and efficiency in the services offered to beneficiaries or students of the UCC. Through collaboration, the organisations expect to achieve several common objectives.

These include:

- Compiling and maintaining a comprehensive database of the UCC students who are SLB beneficiaries;

- Ensuring that students apply for loan funding in a timely manner to facilitate speedy processing;

- Ensuring timely disbursement of funds to students' accounts;

- Establishing and maintaining a reliable system of tracking beneficiaries to aid in minimising the level of delinquency.

To facilitate the registration of loan applicants before the end of each enrolment period and to expedite the processing and timely disbursement of funds, UCC will assist in the collection of the required documents and verification of affixed signatures of their students who are SLB loan applicants.

To further facilitate the process, the SLB will provide a checklist of the relevant documents to the UCC and an electronic listing of the UCC applicants.

At the end of each day, the UCC will electronically provide the SLB with a list of students for whom documents have been certified. In addition, specimen signatures will be provided to the SLB for the authorised UCC personnel to enable verification. The physical documents will be packaged and furnished to the SLB within one business day. Of course, students may opt to go directly to the SLB to drop of their documents.

This facilitation by the UCC will assist the students in getting to a 'D' status, prior to the end of the registration period, and enable follow-up by the UCC with those students with status below a 'D' to get them to bring in the relevant documents to expedite the process.

The UCC-SLB partnership also provides for the linking of the websites of both institutions and to facilitate information sharing.

... Partnership to benefit all parties, says UCC executive chancellor

Professor Dennis J. Gayle, executive chancellor of University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), noted that a new memorandum of understanding with the Students' Loan Bureau has established a basis upon which the UCC students will be able to register for the entire programme of study selected then proceed to make steady academic progress towards graduation

Gayle noted that programme registration had been shown to enhance student enrolment, retention and graduation, while also providing institutional benefits.

The SLB said the partnership with the UCC to facilitate increased information sharing will result in more timely processing of loan applications and greater efficiencies in the disbursement of loan funds on behalf of the students. The agency said that the agreement would serve to benefit all parties - the students, the UCC and the SLB.

Dr Winston Adams, group executive chairman of the UCC Group, commended the SLB for taking this step to make the loan-application process more convenient for the UCC students. He indicated that the UCC was committed to doing all in its power to ensure that beneficiaries repay their loan so that others can benefit from the SLB revolving loan scheme.