University charging an admission fee

Q: A university requires some money for per-registering then it chooses the best among the candidates. Is it gambling? 

A: If the money taken is going to be used to provide some valid service for the applicant, then it will be permissible. However, if the money is taken only to gain admission, then it will not be permissible.

The money that is taken from students who do not gain admission will have to be returned to them.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)