ALL outstanding compulsory and student boarding fees, for students under the Gerson-Solulu scholarship, would be paid in April.
The scholarship office said yesterday that it will take at least three months to sort out all the fees.
This year, the Morobe provincial government approved a budget of K3.5 million for the scholarship scheme.
However, it later increased to K4.7 million.
The increase was related to the rise in school fees, number of intakes and intuitions of higher learning.
Scholarship officer Robert Ayang said the provincial government is releasing only K1 million to them each month to sort out those payments.
He said because of this arrangement, his office would not pay the fees all at once.
The office should completely sort out payments hopefully by April this year, he said.
“We will do part payments in three lots, starting with outstanding school fees in all the institutions.
“After sorting out these, the office will then look into settling all compulsory fees of students continuing and the first years, a total of more than 1200 students.
“Once this is complete, we will then look into paying their lodging fees, ” he said.
He said in the case of students at medical faculty, both outstanding and compulsory fees, totaling K138,498 were paid due to pressure that was brought on by UPNG.
Mr Ayang has asked the tertiary institutions awaiting payment to be patient due the long process involved in releasing the funds.