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JUPEB – Everything You Need to Know About JUPEB Programme

This article highlights everything you need to know about the JUPEB programme. Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) is a national examinations body. It was verified by the Federal Government of Nigeria on December 2013. A consortium of ten (10) partnering universities led by the University of Lagos formally established the body in April 2014.

Through the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB), students can gain Direct Entry admission into 200L at their choice university.

Are you about completing your secondary school education and don’t want to limit your possibilities of gaining admission to just UTME (JAMB)? Tired of writing the UTME (JAMB) numerous times? Are you thinking about getting university admission without the UTME, or have recently graduated secondary school and don’t want to stay idle at home doing nothing? If you answered yes to any of these, JUPEB is a possible solution to the problem.

Remember to also read: IJMB – Everything You Need to Know About IJMB Programme

Let us go over everything you need to know about the JUPEB program in great depth. I will be covering all the details about eligibility, the program’s reliability, and any other questions you may have regarding the program.

The following key points are explored in this article: comprehensive information about JUPEB, how it works, JUPEB certification, what it stands for, how reliable it is, JUPEB eligibility/requirements, the JUPEB fee schedule, the duration of the JUPEB programme, how to register into the JUPEB programme.


What is JUPEB All About?

JUPEB is an acronym that stands for Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board. It is an Advanced level, approved, proven, and certified examination body, that was instituted and is organized by the University of Lagos. Essentially, the curriculum is identical to the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) managed by Ahmadu Bello University. It has coordinating bodies at various tertiary universities and linked study centers around the country. The program is particularly created to give a chance for applicants who, for one reason or another, are unable to get entrance to conventional degree programs at Nigerian universities. Candidates who are awaiting results (WAEC) may also enroll.

Quick Fact

JUPEB is a federally authorized program that is accredited by the NUC.

For students who are genuinely interested in gaining admission into their preferred university, JUPEB offers a brilliant opportunity to do so. What’s more, you are able to apply even with a pending 0’level result. The only condition being that the result will be ready before the conclusion of the JUPEB course.

Continue reading this article to gain a more complete understanding of the JUPEB program.

Quick Fact

University of Lagos (UNILAG), owns and moderates the JUPEB programme.

What Does The JUPEB Programme Represent?

The JUPEB program offers an A-level admissions platform as well as an alternate platform for potential students to pursue university admission.

The program is especially created to be an excellent examination body. It is oriented towards conducting common, standard, and credible tests based on a world-class curriculum for students seeking Direct Entry admissions into Nigerian and foreign-based partner institutions.

Above all, it is a solution to the ever-increasing number of students demanding admission each year.

Is JUPEB an Approved Programme?

The JUPEB program has been authorized by the the Federal Government as a platform for gaining admission to both Nigerian and foreign-based partner universities, through direct entrance admission.

How Guaranteed is the JUPEB Programme?

JUPEB guarantees admission success for prospective students who are eager to study and ready to put in the work and effort that will place them on the route to success. Each year, over 20,000 students apply for the program, with more than 70% securing admission at the 200 level to their selected university and degree.

 To put it concisely, JUPEB ensures and simplifies your entry into 200 level at the conclusion of your degree. 

Is JUPEB a Certified Programme?

The Nigeria University Commission (NUC), Nigeria’s primary administrative body in charge of universities, recognizes and authorizes the JUPEB curriculum, which is accepted by 80 percent of the country’s institutions.

The Federal Ministry of Education, which represents the Federal Government of Nigeria in matters relating to education, certifies the JUPEB programme through the NUC. Also, relevant educational institutions acknowledge and accept the program as one that provides A ‘levels status for prospective students.

How the JUPEB Programme Works

How the JUPEB Programme Works

Candidates for the JUPEB Advanced Level Examination should consult the current JAMB handbook for acceptable JUPEB subject combinations for their desired course of study at the University. For the final JUPEB exam, each JUPEB applicant must enroll in and write just three (3) subjects.

Click here for the complete JUPEB Subject Combination guide for Related Courses

Quick Fact

In the JUPEB program, you must complete a combination of only three subjects that are relevant to the course you have chosen.

Regardless of the course, candidates’ subject combinations must be in line with their desired path of study. However, the JUPEB website has a guide for prospective students who have no idea as to the subject combination procedure in accordance with their desired course of study. They also answer any other elements you may have reservations or questions about throughout the registration process.

After completing the registration process, students will begin attending lectures in the study center at the state they selected. This will continue throughout the program till the commencement of exams. The tutorial sessions provided at the various study centers provide students with appropriate preparation for the JUPEB exam, which will allow their entrance into 200-level programs at their selected universities.

Quick Fact

By gaining admission into the university through the JUPEB programme, you have a higher CGPA at the end of your university programme, as your GP is going to be divided by 3 years, and not four years as with those who got in through JAMB.

What Is the Duration Of the JUPEB Programme?

The JUPEB Nigeria program lasts nine (9) months (JUPEB lectures usually start in September and ends in May, with exams starting in June), which is equivalent to an academic session at a tertiary academic institution. This is similar to enrolling in a 100-level program at a university, with the final exam serving as a gateway to the 200-level program.

Quick Fact

JUPEB is a 9-12 month program that will provide you with a straight entrance into 200L at a university and subject of your choice.

Enrolling Into the JUPEB Programme: What You Should Know

Your ordinary level result fulfills the JUPEB criteria and serves as your major admission qualification. Before applying for JUPEB, you must have finished your secondary school education.

Candidates who are awaiting their ordinary level results, on the other hand, can also apply for the JUPEB programme. This is as long as the results will be available before the end of the JUPEB programme. Candidates who have completed high school may also apply for the programme.

How to Apply For Admission Into the JUPEB Programme

The JUPEB website is the platform through which you can register for the program online. 

Who is Eligible to Participate in the Programme?

Any interested and eligible individuals are welcome to participate in the program. Candidates must fulfill the fundamental standards outlined below in order to qualify.

Primary Requirements For Entry Into The JUPEB Programme

The following are the fundamental prerequisites for JUPEB admission:

  • O’Level Exam Results (Max of 2 sittings)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Four (4) passport photographs
  • Certificate of State of Origin (Optional)

Quick Fact

Most institutions that accept JUPEB prioritise JUPEB students with high marks above students from other programs, like ND, NCE, and so on for direct entrance 200L admission.


Let us see a breakdown of the fees candidates are expected to pay for the JUPEB program. Do note that fees can change over time.

Registration Form

The JUPEB Registration Form which is also the registration fee is available for ₦15,000 only. This is excluding bank charges.

JUPEB fees

Breakdown of JUPEB Tuition Fees

The JUPEB program school cost varies from center to center and from university to university, as do private JUPEB centers. With this breakdown, we will tell you the typical JUPEB school costs. Once you have completed and submitted the JUPEB Form, you will be able to view the actual fees for your desired JUPEB center.

  • Application/JUPEB Form (₦15,000)
  • Hostel fees (optional) (₦40,000)
  • School fees (examination fee inclusive) (₦170,000)
  • Textbooks and laboratory materials (₦15,000).

In all, the cumulative total of the JUPEB school fees (including the application fee) is ₦255,000.

JUPEB Acceptance Fee

Candidates who have successfully enrolled for the JUPEB A’Level Programme are asked to pay an acceptance fee of ₦20,000 within one to two weeks of registration. The acceptance fee is not a separate charge but is included in the overall school fees. Candidates should refer to their admission letter to determine the deadline.

How Much is JUPEB School Fees?

JUPEB school fees vary based on the study state. However, you can be certain that they range from ₦255,000 to ₦290,000. The following are the JUPEB School Fees based on the available study centers.

JUPEB Fees According to JUPEB States

  • Abuja JUPEB Centre: ₦270,000; excluding accommodation and Textbooks.
  • Anambra JUPEB Centre: ₦290,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks
  • Delta JUPEB Centre: ₦250,000; Including Textbooks Including accomodation
  • Enugu JUPEB Centre: ₦240,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks
  • Ibadan JUPEB Centre: ₦240,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks.
  • Ilorin JUPEB Centre: ₦240,000;Including accomodation and Textbooks.
  • Imo JUPEB Centre: ₦290,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks
  • Lagos JUPEB Centre: ₦280,000; Including Textbooks, Excluding Accomodation.
  • Ogun JUPEB Centre: ₦240,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks
  • Ondo JUPEB Centre: ₦240,000; Including Accommodation and Textbooks
  • Port Harcout JUPEB Centre: ₦270,000; Including Textbooks excluding Accommodation.

Instalment Payment for JUPEB Fees

The JUPEB school fees can be paid instalmentally over a maximum of three payments. The student is expected to make a minimum downpayment of ₦140,000 and the hostel fee (if he/she would be staying in the hostel). The remaining payment (₦100,000) can then be made twice. Before resuming, interested JUPEB applicants are expected to have paid for the form, which is ₦15,000 (non-refundable), to the designated account. The second and third payments have a three-month gap for payment.

The candidate will not be allowed to write the first-semester examination if he/she has not completed the whole school fees. Interested candidate who which to apply for JUPEB must have discussed with his/her parents/guardian/custodian before he/she paid for the form.

Note: The application fee is non-refundable.

What Is The Academic Calendar For The JUPEB Programme?

Every year, the academic session starts in September and concludes in May for registration into a new academic session to begin. The lectures for the session will begin fully in October, while registration (which is generally from May to September) is still currently ongoing.

Quick Fact

Full lectures on the JUPEB curriculum are delivered in various study centers around the country, with the final test and certification administered by the moderation authority (UNILAG).

Lectures generally begin in Spetember and will proceed through May. The revision for the session will begin in mid-May. The exam usually commences in late May or early June and lasts three weeks. The results are then made public in late August of the same year.

Which Schools Run the JUPEB Programme?

You can find a detailed list of Nigerian universities that accept JUPEB into 200 level here

Quick Fact

Most universities that recognise the JUPEB program admit students with a minimum of 6 points as long as there is no F in the result. 

Advantages JUPEB Has Over JAMB And Other Programmes

  • Unlike the JAMB result that expires after a year, your JUPEB result is still valid even after 10 years.
  • You can use it to apply to universities over and over again
  • While running the JUPEB programme, you can go ahead to apply for JAMB if you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket.
  • You are more likely to secure admission into the university of your choice since the number of students that apply through JUPEB are much fewer than those that apply through JAMB.

Quick Fact

Unlike JAMB, the JUPEB certificate does not expire in a year. It is valid even after 10 years. However, it is just for admission to the university’s 200L program, and can’t be used to apply for employment.

Furthermore the JUPEB programme is gaining popularity among parents. This is because it avails their wards the opportunity to benefit from a first-hand experience of an A’level program before gaining admission into the university. To further highlight how important this is, in advanced nations, you must complete a year-long Advanced program before earning full admission to the university of choice.

Differences Between JUPEB and IJMB

Another alternative to JAMB, IJMB, has been around for quite a while now. However similar they are, it is not to be confused with JUPEB. Let’s look at the differences under the following headings:

Moderation: The Ahmadu Bello University moderates IJMB, whereas the University of Lagos moderates JUPEB.

Tuition Fees: IJMB fees are significantly lower than JUPEB fees. The cost of studying for IJMB in Nigeria ranges between N70,000 in public centers and N180,000 in select private institutions, whereas the cost of studying for JUPEB in any JUPEB accredited institution is between N255,000 and N290,000. In addition, the application fee for JUPEB is N8,750, whereas that of JUPEB costs N15,000.

Academic Calendar: IJMB examinations are held in February, whereas JUPEB exams are held in June.

Acceptability: Except for OAU, UNILAG, and a few JUPEB universities, the IJMB is accepted by all universities in Nigeria. JUPEB is accepted at all JUPEB associated universities (see list here); for further information, see the JUPEB official website.

Final Notes

  • You don’t need a JAMB/PUTME score for admission into the JUPEB programme
  • Candidates that are awaiting results can also apply into the JUPEB programme
  • Admission is automatic (without need for screening)
  • You’ll be expected to pay a non-refundable form fee of ₦15,000 (a bank deposit, which excludes bank charges)

If you are tired of JAMB or missing out on admission through JAMB and Post-UTME, your next best option might be the JUPEB program. JUPEB has been instrumental towards helping thousands of students secure admission in the past and present. If you want to be a part of this incredible story, now is the time to register for JUPEB.

Are you also preparing for JAMB? You can study JAMB past questions and answers at our online classroom!

Good luck!

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  1. I love the jupeb program me because even topics I didnt understand properly in secondary school coming to do the jupeb program helped me understand properly and in an advance manner

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