CoHE Saves around 400 Million TL with its E-Registration System

September 10, 2020

According to the data of the Council of Higher Education (CoHE), while approximately 400 million Turkish liras were saved during the online enrollment of 627 thousand 532 university students via electronic registration (e-registration), the concentration of transactions was reduced, creating the opportunity to take measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Within the scope of coronavirus measures, CoHE decided to extend the e-registration dates to universities until September 6, 11:59 p.m., taking into account the demands of students in order to reduce the concentration of in-person registration procedures and social distancing risks.

In this context, e-registration of university candidates to all state universities and 61 foundation universities that offer e-registration services ended on this date. It was observed that the vast majority of students who could do electronic registration benefitted from CoHE’s convenient e-registration system.

- 627 thousand 532 students preferred the e-registration system

This year, all state universities and 61 foundation higher education institutions, which are included in the electronic registration system, offered the opportunity to students wishing to enroll online to enroll through the e-government portal.

Out of 729 thousand 57 candidates who could do e-registration, 627 thousand 532 candidates completed their university enrollment through the e-registration application, which CoHE has been offering to students through the e-government portal since the 2014-2015 academic year.

- 86% of those, who had the opportunity to do e-registration, enrolled online

86% of the students, who had the opportunity to do e-registration, enrolled online easily without going to their university.

571 thousand 9 people out of 626 thousand 776 people at state universities and 56 thousand 523 people out of 102 thousand 281 people in 61 foundation higher education institutions that are included in the e-registration system preferred e-registration.

- 91% of students at state universities preferred e-registration

91% of the students at state universities that can enroll online and 55% of the students at foundation universities preferred e-registration this year. These rates were 83% for state universities and 29% for foundation universities last year. The increase in the registration rate of students at foundation universities through e-registration drew attention this year.

CoHE officials stated that the interest in e-registration, which provides great convenience in the registration procedures of universities, had increased with each passing year and e-registration became the top choice of students and families in enrollment. They noted the reason for the lower rate in foundation higher education institutions compared to state universities as some procedures related to the payment of tuition fees in these institutions.

- Students and their families made considerable savings in registration procedures

It is estimated that the e-registration system helped save about 400 million Turkish liras this year. The transportation expenses spent by a student and at least one parent of the student to go to the city where the university is located, their accommodation expenses for one night, travel expenses, and food expenses were taken into account when calculating the amount of savings. This figure is believed to be even greater considering that some of the enrolled students brought more family members or friends with them.

- The savings were estimated to be 280 million Turkish liras last year

According to the data of CoHE for last year, 504,271 people, corresponding to 78% of 647,716 candidates who could enroll online, did e-registration and, as a result, an estimated amount of 280 million Turkish liras was saved. This year, it is estimated that this saving rate has increased by 120 million Turkish liras to about 400 million Turkish liras.

- The transmission risks of the pandemic have been greatly reduced in enrollment

While students, their families and universities have made considerable financial savings through e-registration, measures have also been taken in line with the social distancing rule against the global coronavirus pandemic this year. Candidates did not have to go to their universities for enrollment, and they were able to do it easily on the computer at home. In this way, there has been a great decrease in the number of students who registered in person. Thanks to this decrease, there has been a drop in the risks such as lack of social distancing during application procedures and mobility between cities.

- Great reduction in bureaucratic procedures and an opportunity for savings

CoHE has recently realized many projects such as e-registration, e-student certificate, online application for equivalence, and e-graduation certificate through the e-government portal to facilitate the lives of students and their parents and to reduce their potential expenses.

CoHE is planning to complete the work, which was carried out by universities to offer e-transcripts through the e-government portal, towards the end of November and make it available to students.

These projects have helped reduce the bureaucratic procedures greatly. Students have made huge savings in the paperwork costs, especially during the registration procedures of higher education institutions. The workforce that universities would use for these students has also been greatly reduced.