Mona fees hiked
KINGSTON – The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is to increase undergraduate tuition fees by 3.7 per cent across most faculties for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.
This is less than the 5.5 per cent increase announced last year.
The fees are determined using Jamaica’s inflation rate which over the last financial year was 9.7 per cent.
The 3.7 per cent increase will apply to the faculties of humanities, science and technology, social sciences and the advanced nursing course.
Students returning to the medical science faculty will pay a 2.9 per cent increase while law students will have to find 2.5 per cent more to pay their fees.
The Mona Campus has admitted to facing cash flow problems due to the financial problems at the Students’ Loan Bureau and the failure of some students to pay their fees on time.
Meantime, no increases were made for the fees at the UWI’s campuses in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Students studying at Cave Hill in Barbados will pay tuition for the first time after the Government abolished its free tuition policy last year.
Fees for the Open Campus, which has sites in several regional countries, has been hiked by 20 per cent. (Jamaica Gleaner)