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FCMB, PressPayNg To Bridge Access To Education For 1.5m Undergraduates

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has partnered with PressPayNg to develop a digital platform for young Nigerians to fund their tertiary education fees through target savings, scholarships, loans and crowdfunding. The platform is expected to help over 1,500,000 million young Nigerians in the next three years to actualise their higher education dreams with less stress.

The convenient digital platform provides a transparent process where students/parents on their own can save towards paying for school fees. In addition, individual philanthropists, corporate organisations and multilateral agencies can fund students through scholarships and grants. Lenders, including FCMB, can also use it to provide funding and crowdfunding support to undergraduates.

The platform is a value proposition that will make higher education accessible to young Nigerians, reduce the dropout rate, and ultimately boost human capital development in the country. In addition, the student loan product will ease the financial challenges faced by parents, guardians and families trying to provide better education for their children and wards.

Parents and students can conveniently access the value-added FCMB and PressPayNg platform by downloading the PressPayNg App from the Playstore, then register and open an FCMB Account to benefit from the array of opportunities on offer.

Speaking at a ceremony to launch the product on June 1, 2022, in Lagos, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mrs Yemisi Edun, described it as the key that will unlock uninhibited access to quality education for young Nigerians from all walks of life.

“We are proud to play another vital role in promoting education in Nigeria. Education is a critical resource for meeting the manpower requirement for national development. However, this resource has continued to be limited by the inability of most parents and youths to secure the necessary financial support to enrol in higher institutions and graduate successfully. As a responsive and caring institution, we are excited to partner PressPayNig to solve this difficulty by offering existing and prospective students a convenient platform and clear pathway to pursue their dreams in universities, polytechnics, and education colleges. Beyond the funding opportunities of this Tertiary Education Savings & Loans digital product, beneficiaries also have the privilege to secure holiday jobs, which will provide additional financial support and build their capacity. We are committed to helping students, parents, customers, and Nigerians succeed without any limitation”.

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