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New Tuition Fees for Upcoming Academic Year approved

For Release Upon Receipt - May 14, 2009

St. Augustine

The annual business meeting of the University Council, held recently at the St Augustine Campus confirmed tuition fees for academic programmes at The University of the West Indies for academic year 2009/2010 as recommended earlier by a Special Subcommittee. For the Mona Campus an across-the-board increase of 10% (including the Faculty of Medical Sciences) over the fees for the current academic year was approved. This level of increase is below the inflation rate in Jamaica, reported to be at 12.8% in February 2009 and equates to a recovery of 19.2% of economic costs.

At the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados as well as at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, tuition fees remained unchanged for the incoming academic year due to significant increases in enrolment at those campuses. These fees equate, respectively, to 19.2% and 19.3% of economic costs. Tuition fees for the Open Campus which are calculated on a credit hour basis also remained unchanged at US$240 per three-credit course at the Undergraduate level and US$550 per course for Graduate programmes. The tuition fees recommended for self-financed programmes on all four campuses were also endorsed by Council.

As a result of the above decisions students entering the Faculties of the Humanities & Education, the Social Sciences, the Pure & Applied Sciences and the Department of Advanced Nursing at Mona will pay a flat fee of J$184,717 in academic year 2009/2010 (compared to J$167,925 this year). Students entering the Faculty of Law will pay J$201,011 (compared with J$182,737), while for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, returning Pre-Clinical students will pay J$309,214 and Clinical students J$589,109. The merged fee of J$444,574 is applicable to new Medical students entering the Faculty for the first time in academic year 2009/2010.

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