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Can I Pay School Fees After Matriculation?

Upon gaining admission, the subsequent step is usually to pay the acceptance fee. However, in some instances, economic challenges might prompt you to contemplate delaying the payment of your acceptance fee or any other fee until after the school matriculation ceremony.

Is it possible or acceptable to pay your fees only after enrollment? If yes, what effects or setbacks should you expect, and how can you confirm if your school allows this?

Acceptance Fees Are Usually Not Allowed Beyond Matriculation

In countries where acceptance fees are required, such as Nigeria, it's generally not possible to defer the payment of your acceptance fee beyond matriculation. Most universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in these countries require all admitted students to pay their acceptance fees before matriculation. 

The payment deadline is usually made public upon opening the payment portal. Although there could be extensions, these extensions typically do not go beyond the matriculation date.

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Some Schools Allow Payment of Tuition (School Fees) After Matriculation

However, paying school fees after matriculation can be a possibility in certain circumstances, depending on the policies of the specific institution that admitted you. Different schools have varying policies regarding fee payment. 

Some institutions, such as Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Benin (UNIBEN), and Osun State University (UNIOSUN), require students to pay all outstanding fees, including acceptance fees and tuition, before matriculation.

On the other hand, some schools, like Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) and Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), allow students to pay in installments or even after matriculation. Typically, installment plans apply to the main school fees, and the second part of the payment can often be made after the matriculation ceremony.

If You're Unable to Meet the Payment Deadline

If genuine financial difficulties prevent you from meeting the fee payment deadlines, it's crucial to communicate with your school's financial aid office as early as possible. They may offer guidance, suggest resources, or provide extensions on the payment deadline based on your circumstances. 

However, in cases where a school is strict about payment deadlines and you cannot meet them, you might seek the help of the admission office to defer your admission to the next session. In such instances, the school may insist on the payment of the acceptance fee before deferring your admission.

Possible Consequences of Delayed Payments

Delaying fee payments without prior approval or arrangement with your institution can lead to consequences such as late fees, enrollment holds, and restrictions on course registration or access to campus facilities.

In some severe cases, it might even affect your academic standing or result in your inability to graduate. Therefore, if there is an extension, it often comes with additional charges known as "late fees."


To determine whether your school allows fee payments after matriculation, it is advisable to check your school's official website, review the admission offer letter, or directly contact the admissions or financial aid office. They can provide accurate information about their policies and available options, helping you navigate the fee payment process effectively.

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