Makerere University Issues Guidelines on Fees Payment via the URA Portal

H.E Kateregga Julius, the Guild President of Makerere University, with his 85th Guild at the orientation for new students at Makerere university for the academic year 2019/2020
H.E Kateregga Julius, the Guild President of Makerere University, with his 85th Guild at the orientation for new students at Makerere university for the academic year 2019/2020 (Phot: Makerere PR Office)

Makerere University has issued guidelines on how students are meant to pay tuition fees using the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) portal.

“This is to inform you that following the closure of all University Revenue Collection accounts, all fees payments are to be received via the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) portal”, a notice published on Makerere university website reads.

This follows a directive from the Ministry of Finance instructing  URA to start collecting tuition fees for all public universities. This strategy is aimed at fighting the vice of ghost students, bureaucracy and costs in public universities in Uganda.

According to information from the university, students are told that tuition fees payment will continue to happen in commercial banks most of which have branches on Campus. Such banks are listed below;
i.    Stanbic Bank
ii.   DFCU Bank
iii.  Centenary Bank
iv.  UBA
v.   Post Bank

The other commercial banks receiving fees include;
i.    Barclays Bank
ii.   Diamond Trust Bank
iii.   Bank of Africa
iv.   Equity Bank
v.    Finance Trust Bank
vi.   Housing Finance Bank
vii.  Standard Chartered Bank
viii. Tropical Bank
ix.   Eco Bank

Students will be required to use Payment Reference Numbers (PRN).

“No payment shall be received without a Payment Reference Number (PRN). The PRN can be generated through the student portal on the AIMS system,” the notice further reads.

However, assistance can be received from the respective College Accounts Offices at Makerere University.

Fees payment by bank drafts should be addressed to the Uganda Revenue Authority with a cover letter and brought to Room 313, Main Building, Makerere University. You will then obtain a reference number for payment.

Fees payment by Electronic Funds Transfer will also require a PRN generated on the system and the schedule of beneficiaries. These are currently handled by the Revenue Unit in the Main Building, Makerere University.

Students are therefore requested to pay their fees as per their semester invoices assigned to their student accounts after enrollment, as well as indicated on the provisional admission letters for First Year Students.

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