Education

Local Education Assistance Basic Information

The Fund will assist students of local schools and education institutes approved by the Fund for its Education Assistance Scheme. The Fund reserves the right to remove any institutes from its Education Assistance Scheme

FNPF Approved Education Institutes and Home Stays/ Hostels (Local)

FNPF only recognizes the following institutes and home stays or hostels for its local education assistance for tertiary studies:

Approved Education Institutes

  1. University of the South Pacific
  2. Fiji National University
  3. Fulton College
  4. Corpus Christi College
  5. University of Fiji
  6. Sangam Institute of Technology - School of Nursing

Approved Homestay & Hostels

  1. Turner House
  2. Viva's Home stay
  3. The Salvation Army
  4. Reki Home Stay
  5. Maikali's Home Stay
  6. Bethany Hostel

EDUCATION ASSISTANCE - Local
This is only for approved education institutes.

Who can be assisted?

Member who has General Account entitlement for:
1. Member
2. Member’s Spouse
3. Member’s Children
4. Member’s Siblings

For what level of studies can you access education assistance?
1. Year 13 or Form 7
2. Tertiary level education
3. Vocational courses including Sports Science Program at high school
4. Foundation level education at high school

What does this assistance cover?
1. Tuition fees
i. Tertiary Foundation Level
ii. Tertiary Studies
iii. Year 13
iv. Year 13 students that attend private school if fees are not subsidized by Government under the Free Education Program
v. Students that attend special schools and an assessment report from a qualified specialist is required for confirmation.
vi. For courses that are examinable and may result in the attainment of an academic certificate.

2. Accommodation costs and meals – at hostels approved by the Fund of up to $2500 per semester per student.

3. Balance of fees subsidized by government under the free education, where the net amount can be assisted by the Fund.

4. Text Books for Year 13 and Tertiary Level students of up to $200 per student per semester.

Documents to be submitted with an application
1. The member must apply by filing a completed prescribed application form.

2. Evidence for Tuition Fees
i. An invoice from institute confirming tuition fees to be paid.
ii. Evidence that student is currently enrolled as a student in one of the FNPF approved list of institutes or school          iii.Documents confirming relationship of the student to the member, eg.birth or marriage certificate
iii. Receipts of payments made to institutes to offset tuition costs if the members’ general account entitlement is less than 50% of the full cost of the course.

3. Evidence for Accommodation
i. Evidence that student is currently enrolled in one of the approved list of institutes.
ii. Invoice from institutes or sponsor letter to confirm that fees has been paid.
iii. Invoice for accommodation from approved home stay or hostel confirming fees.
iv. Documents confirming relationship of the student to the member eg. birth or marriage certificate.

4. Evidence for Textbook
i. Evidence that student is currently enrolled as a student in an FNPF approved institute or school.
ii. Documents confirming relationship of the student to the member
iii. Invoice for relevant textbooks from the institute’s book center
iv. Invoice from institute or sponsor letter confirming that tuition has been paid.

FNPF will NOT assist for the following
1. Reimburse members for funds sourced from other lenders to pay for full or part of the tuition and accommodation costs. FNPF will only assist the balance if required.
2. Repayment of outstanding bonds or loans.

Method of Payment
The payment is made directly to the school or institute, home stay or hostel and member.

Processing time
1. 3 working days from the date of submission by the member.

EDUCATION ASSISTANCE - OVERSEAS

Who can be assisted?

Member who has a General Account entitlement for:
1. Member
2. Member’s Spouse
3. Member’s Children
4. Member’s Siblings

For what level of studies can you access education assistance?
Only for students undertaking:
1. Year 13
2. Tertiary Foundation
3. Tertiary level education

What does this assistance cover?
1. Tuition
2. Accommodation
3. Incidental Expenses to a maximum amount of $10,000 for the duration of study.

Documents to be submitted with application for tuition
1. The member must apply by filing a completed prescribed application form
2. An Acceptance letter and invoice from overseas tertiary institute stating the duration of the course, details of fees, due
dates for fees payment and school bank account details.
3. Certified copies of the student’s passport pages showing details of passport holder, the validity of the passport and the student’s visa covering the period of study.
4. If the visa is not available when the application is lodged, approval will be granted on the condition that payment will be processed after sighting the student’s visa or an approval in principle letter submitted with a signed Memorandum of Understanding for education assistance between the member and the Fund.
5. Evidence of funds to cover the difference of tuition/accommodation, if member’s General Account entitlement is less than 50% of the full cost of the course.
6. Documents confirming the relationship of the student to the member.
7. Evidence from the member’s bank confirming that the member has a valid bank account and
is not more than one month old.
8. Evidence from the institute providing (institute’s) details for payment by telegraphic transfer or postal address or bank drafts.

Evidence for Accommodation
1. Evidence from the institute that student is enrolled at the institution
2. Invoice for accommodation from the home stay or hostel.
3. Invoice from institutes or sponsor letter to confirm that fees has been paid.
4. If the visa is not available at the time of lodgment of application, an approval will be granted on the condition that payment will be processed after sighting the student’s visa or approval in principle letter submitted with a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for education assistance between the member and the Fund.

5. Documents confirming relationship of the student to the member eg. birth or marriage certificate.
6. Where members’ General Account entitlement is less than 50% of the full cost of the course, the member must submit receipts of payment made to the institutes or show evidence of funding the balance.

Evidence for Incidental Expenses
1. Invoice from institute or sponsor letter confirming that tuition has been paid.
2. Certified copy of students’ valid passport and visa.
3. If the visa is not available when application is lodged, approval will be granted on the condition that payment will be processed
after sighting the student’s visa or approval in principle letter submitted with a signed Memorandum of Understanding for education assistance between the member and the Fund.
4. Documents confirming the relationship of the student to the member.
5. Evidence from the member’s bank confirming that the member has a valid bank account and is not more than one month old.

FNPF will NOT assist the following:
1. Examination fees for professional membership such as CPA etc.
2. On-line studies offered by overseas Institutes.
3. Reimburse members for funds sourced from other lenders to pay for full or part of the tuition and accommodation costs.

Method of Payment
1. For tuition, this is made directly to the institute through a bank draft or telegraphic transfer and the related bank fees will be
deducted from the funds withdrawn by member.
2. For accommodation, this is made directly to the institute or hostel, bank draft or telegraphic transfer and the related bank fees
will be deducted from the funds withdrawn by the member.
3. Only incidental expenses will be paid to the member’s bank account.

Processing time
1. 3 working days from the date of submission by the member.
2. Payment will be made within 1 working day from the date the application is approved.
However, an additional day will be needed for the preparation of telegraphic transfers if funds are to be remitted overseas.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER

1. If a member has sourced funds from elsewhere for the education expenses, the Fund will not reimburse the member
for the same expenses.
2. Any unutilized FNPF funds will be refunded to FNPF and will be credited to member’s accounts.
3. Members are not entitled for any early withdrawal if they have not accounted for any withdrawal taken under Housing
transfer. They will have to pay the unaccounted transfer amount, however, this will not apply to members previously assisted
under the Village Housing Scheme prior to 1st January 2011.
4. All documents submitted to the Fund should be originals or if it is a copy to be stamped and signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), Commissioner of Oaths or an authorized FNPF officer as being a true likeness of the original document.

ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED THAT DOES NOT MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED.