UWI turns to debt collection agencies

The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has engaged the Jamaica Collection and Recovery Services Limited  (JCRS) in an effort to collect outstanding fees.

Students reportedly owe the institution hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to Jamaica Observer, the issue of money owed to the university has been a long-standing one, which has, over the years, seen the deregistration of students, several on-campus protests, and the intervention of regional governments.

Last month UWI, in a memorandum sent to students, advised that it will be accessing the credit information of both current and potential customers through Jamaica’s two credit bureaus, CRIF NM Credit Assure Limited and Creditinfo, and that it will be providing agencies with information on customers — students and non-students.

Non-students, the university explained, include scholarship donors who require credit arrangements with the campus, prospective tenants and major contractors.

The UWI was not clear whether or not it would run credit checks on students seeking admission, as suggested in the memorandum, or if it would affect them being offered a space there, but said: “Each case will be considered on its own merit.”


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