JAMB Denies Increase in UTME Registration Fee for 2024
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has refuted recent claims of an increase in the registration fee for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for the year 2024. In a statement issued on Wednesday, December 20, JAMB’s Public Communication Advisor, Fabian Benjamin, clarified that the cost of the UTME form remains N3,500, maintaining the same price since its reduction from N5,000 in 2018.
Despite a rise in production costs, the examination body emphasized its commitment to keeping fees low to avoid burdening candidates. Benjamin highlighted measures taken by JAMB, including providing the Use of English reading text free of charge through a QR code. This initiative aims to ensure that any increase in production costs does not get passed on to candidates.
In the statement, JAMB addressed the misconception surrounding the perceived fee increment, attributing it to the implementation of a cashless policy. Under this policy, all fees payable by candidates to Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers are consolidated and paid along with their application fees, preventing exploitation by unscrupulous center owners.
JAMB clarified the breakdown of fees, stating that candidates are expected to pay N700 for registration, N1,500 as examination fees, and N1,500 for the optional Mock-UTME at privately-owned centers. The 2024 UTME/DE e-PIN remains N3,500, with the registration fee of N700, previously paid to CBT centers, now collected by the Board along with the main UTME and the optional Mock-UTME fees.
It is essential to note that recent reports suggesting an increase in registration fees were based on a misunderstanding, as the actual fees for UTME registration remain consistent with previous years. JAMB assured the public that it is actively working to prevent candidates from being overburdened, and the revised registration details, if any, will be released on or before January 15, 2024.
For further information, candidates are advised to stay updated through their profiles, email addresses, notification slips, and the official JAMB website.