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Six per cent increase in UWI tuition fees

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:56 PM
UWI undergraduate students will be paying $275,763 for the academic year beginning September 2016.

There is to be a six per cent increase in undergraduate tuition fees for most faculties at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, this year pushing to 32 per cent, the cumulative increase over the past six years.

Students will be paying $275,763 for the academic year beginning September 2016.

Last year, they would have paid $259,901 - the same for the 2014/2015 school year.

However, some degree programmes are even higher and are charged in United States dollars.

Over the past six years, Jamaica’s inflation rate has fallen from 13 per cent in 2010 to 3.1 last year-the lowest in decades.

At the same time, regional Governments’ subvention to the UWI has reduced from 60 per cent of the university's total financing since 2001, to just below 50 per cent.

Just this year, the UWI launched a programme inviting members of the public and alumni to make financial contributions to the university.

UWI, Mona tuition fees since 2010
2010/2011 – $208,361
2011/2012 – $226,945
2012/2013 – $239,018
2013/2014 – $252,164
2014/2015 – $259,901 
2015/2016 – $259,901
2016/2017 – $275,763