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Fees going up at Cave Hill


Fees going up at Cave Hill

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THE COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY of the West Indies has rejected a 43 per cent fee increase at the Cave Hill Campus, but fees will increase for four of the faculties from the academic year 2017 to 2018.

In a statement today, the Council says fees will increase by 6.67 per cent for the Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education and Science and Technology, while there will be a 2.18 per cent increase for Law studies.

Fees for those studying medicine will remain unchanged.

Some of the fees for post graduate studies will also increase.

The full release follows:

The Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at its annual business meeting held on Thursday, April 27th at the Cave Hill campus, set tuition fees for academic year 2017/2018 in accordance with its previous commitments to attain a cost recovery ratio not exceeding 20 per cent of total economic costs on all three campuses.  The cost recovery ratio at Cave Hill is approximately 17.9%.

Accordingly, fees at the Cave Hill campus in Barbados which have remained unchanged for the past six years will undergo a marginal increase in the academic year 2017/18. Tuition fees in the Faculties of Social Sciences; Humanities and Education; and Science and Technology will move from $5 625 to $6 000, an increase of 6.67 per cent; tuition fees in the Faculty of Law will move from $8 808 to $9 000, an increase of 2.18 per cent; while fees within the Faculty of Medical Sciences remain unchanged.

The graduate programmes financed by University Grants Committee (UGC) will move in line with the increased fees.  Fees for the taught masters programmes remain unchanged.

In order to keep pace with recent inflation, it had been recommended that Cave Hill institute an increase of 43 per cent across the board, a suggestion which the campus administration rejected as not in keeping with the best interest of our students, and to cushion them from the true inflationary costs.

The Cave Hill campus fully appreciates the support it has received from the Guild of Students in understanding the circumstances that have brought about this development, and their endorsement of the Council ratification.

The University notes the severe challenge of students in meeting their financial obligations since the introduction of tuition fees in 2013. It notes, too, the campus’s implementation and facilitation of a wide range of financial assistance programmes to mitigate the effects of these obligations on our student body. These measures include:

The University urges students to take advantage of these funding opportunities and to visit the Campus’ website to view the range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance available.

The University notes that the campus continues to expand its scholarship programme and augment its provision of student services in spite of its own straitened financial circumstances.

Recent service enhancements include a new students’ gym, a new bus for the student shuttle fleet and the continued upgrading of smart classrooms, all designed to continuously improve the student experience. (PR/SAT)