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How to Do Change Institutions/Courses the Third or More Times (2019/2020 Updates)

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You must have read that the change of institutions/courses is limited to two times. All candidates should know this by now. But the situation can warrant change the third time. This poses the question, “Can I be able to change my institution or courses three times or more?”

The straight answer to this is YES. But the long answer should be attentively read as detailed below.

You must have read elsewhere or in my post, “10 Things to Know About JAMB Change of Data, Institutions and Courses” that you couldn’t do the change of institutions/courses more than two times. That’s true. And what I’m about to explain to you here is equally true.

See: JAMB Change of Institutions and Courses: Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges You Can Consider

Two Situations that may lead you to changing institutions and/or courses three or more times

There are two cases.

One will allow you to change the third time while the other will limit you to only two times.

Condition #1 – You have not Been Offered Admission By Any Institution

In this case, you have already changed twice but none of these schools offered you space. Then you wish to change to another school and try your luck with their post UTMEs.

Sorry for your situation, you can’t change any longer. You’re limited to that last change.

But …

Read: Can I Do Change of Institutions/Courses Twice? See Answer.

If by any means, another school gives you admission without choosing them in UTME, you can get your way through with condition #2 below.

Some cases may be the dead-end... Others will be resolved with JAMB regularization

Condition #2 – You have already changed twice and Admission is given, But …

Some candidates fall to complex situations. Let’s see these:

You changed twice but the school that gave you admission is in the second choice. And you won’t be able to print JAMB admission letter because that school is not in the first choice position.

In order to print the admission letter, you will have to do the change of institutions. But now your twice chances had been burnt. What can you next?

The answer is “Don’t worry about the change of institution yet”.

See: Change of Institutions/Courses, Gender, State/LGA: Do-It-Yourself (With Online or Bank Payment)

How to Do Third Time Change of Institutions and Courses

1. Use the Same Change of Institution/Courses Method

To effect change the third, fourth or more times, you can just follow the same procedures you followed while changing things the very first or second time. The process is the same.

I know you may not know this until now. Starting from the 2019/2020 admission year, JAMB allows candidates to make changes more than two times we were used to in the past. Hence, if you have read it elsewhere, this post supersede any.

Therefore, to effect the change, follow my guide in, "Do-It-Yourself: Change of Institutions/Courses, Gender, State/LGA (With Online or Bank Payment)"

2. Use JAMB Regularization

Proceed to the school that offered you admission and explain your situation. The school will instruct your do JAMB regularization. This is the exercise designed by the body to handle these kinds of issues. Then you can then print your admission letter after. Read more details about this below.

Another case is if a school you didn’t choose at all gave you admission. That is, the school was not even among your choices. They just gave you admission because you took part in their post UTME – even without choosing them.

After completing the regularization, you will take your print slip to the school that offered you admission for signing and stamping. The school will then forward it to JAMB in order to change you to them. School can also give you a backing letter with it - then you submit it to JAMB office yourself.

Please note that JAMB regularization costs #10,000 instead of #2,500 for the change of institutions.
A sample of Regularization print slip to be signed by the school, then later sent to JAMB office

See: JAMB Regularization Compulsory? Steps/Procedures for DE, HND, NYSC

Special Situations and Solutions

If Course Given by School is Different from the one by JAMB

Another complex issue is if you’ve been offered admission by a school but the one given by JAMB is different. Then what you must do is the change of course on JAMB portal.

Admitted candidates (before 2017) who had been offered admission by JAMB with different courses other than school’s will not be able to do the change of course rather they’re only left with regularization. This is because they didn’t create JAMB profile during their own UTME registration like candidates of 2017 and above.

This is the exact advice your school admission officer will give should you talk to one.

Read: Can I Do Change Of Course After Post UTME? See Answer.

Can’t I just Forget About Regularization and Continue with my Course?

Well, you can but sooner or later, you will be forced to do it.

You will need it when you’re preparing for NYSC. This is because if your JAMB course and school’s course differs, your name will not appear in the JAMB matriculation list until you do the right thing. This is the list that shows whether you’ll be going for service or not.

Read: Is it Advisable to Accept Another Course than the One I Applied for?


With clouded issues students are facing while seeking admission it’s not uncommon to fall victims of one or two situations explained above. If you find yourself here, first talk to the school’s admission office and proceed with JAMB regularization.

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