[www.inewsguyana.com] – Tuition fees for the University of Guyana have been increased effective from the 2014 – 2015 academic years after the University’s council gave its approval based on countrywide consultations.
The adjusted fee applies to both new and continuing students who are pursing programmes which previously attracted a fee of $127,000G. The application of the new fees was determined following a series of consultations held with current students and other stakeholders in June 2014.
The increase will be done gradually over a three year period and will see continuing Guyanese students paying an incremented increase beginning with $130,000 in 2014, $145,000 in 2015 and $160,000 in 2016, in addition to the $50,000 Facilities Fee, which replaces the various miscellaneous fees, previously paid.
However, fees for several programmes will not be adjusted which includes a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Science Degree in Optometry, Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences, Bachelor of Science Dental Surgery.
Additionally, the Masters of Science in Environmental Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management-Climate Change and Disaster Management & Natural Resource Management, Bachelor of Law, Commonwealth Master of Business Administration, Commonwealth Master of Public Administration, Master in Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tourism Studies and the Associate Degree in Tourism Studies.
However, students pursuing these programmes will be required to pay the Facilities Fee.
New Guyanese students are now required to pay $210,000, inclusive of the Facilities Fee for most programmes. The University noted that even though the fees for foreign students have not been adjusted, they will be required to pay the US$ 250 facilities fees instead of the various miscellaneous fees, which were previously paid.
The university said it expects that this added revenue will be used to create new academic services and facilities, help hire new faculty and expand and improve programme offerings.