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Lloyd Defends Increase In Ub Tuition Fees

Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.

Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

INCREASES to the University of the Bahamas’ (UB) tuition and fee schedule will offset the institution’s “significant deficit,” according to Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd.

He was addressing public fallout over the proposed 15 percent hike in fees for first year students this upcoming fall semester.

In a letter to students over the weekend, UB’s Office of University Relations advised that as of fall 2018, the estimated real cost of attendance per student attending the institution was between $26,810 and $30,810 annually inclusive of housing, based on figures provided by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

It added: “As of fall 2019, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships estimates that for first-time, first year students, the annual cost of attendance per student will be between $29,180 and $33,780. Whereas at other institutions approximately 38 percent of the cost of attendance is covered by student tuition and fees, at UB, this accounts for merely 20 percent of the cost of attendance.”

The letter further noted tuition and fees had gone unchanged for 20 years with government subvention covering the minimal operational, educational and growth expenditures.

As of this fall late registration fees will go from $150 to $250; application fees will go from $40 to $50; ID card fees will go from $10 to $20; transcripts and e-transcripts will go from $5 to $20; local status letters — inclusive of enrolment, initial review, progression and completion letters (except initial graduation letters) — will go from $10 to $50; international status letters will go from free to $60; add/drop/withdrawal fees will go from $20 to $25; diploma certificates will go from free to $50 and graduation evaluation fees will go from $100 to $250.

Mr Lloyd, who yesterday referred to these increases as a “small adjustment,” said despite the move, the Minnis administration is committed to delivering on its promise of free tuition for UB students who meet certain criteria.

“It has to be said, the University of the Bahamas has, for a long time, been operating with a significant deficit. What this is, is a small adjustment of 15 percent to fees and tuition that we hope can go toward lowering that legacy deficit,” he said.

“We, as a government, have proposed our plan of getting students to UB. And once that is the case, we are committed, and this also important to understand, getting them there with free tuition,” he added.

Mr Lloyd said the government would seek to clarify its “free education” plan in the coming months, suggesting that definitive details would be presented during the 2019-2020 budget debate.

Comments

DDK 1 year, 9 months ago

IT'S THE PEOPLE'S TIME! Heap the burden on The People to pay government bills while these damn politicians keep spending like drunken sailors and giving away the assets of The Bahamas. They just don't get it, or get it and just don't care. SSDD.

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birdiestrachan 1 year, 9 months ago

But Former Deacon Doc promised it would be free to go to the University September 2019. I guess this is the same as VAT BAHA MAR was so bad. Wells to was a bad guy.

All of you are Masterful liars. But the peoples time voter believe you all. good going keep it up..

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 9 months ago

Check every US college or university ....... their alumni give millions in endowments to help fund their the growth and development of their specific alma mater.

Sadly, our people take, but do not give back. Imagine if every COB/UB alumnus would pledge to give a $1,000 or $10,000 or a $100,000 (based on their pockets) each year to UB????

Bahamian parents expect the Government to FULLY fund qualifying students' tuition to the University of The Bahamas in Fall 2019 .............. Lloyd said it in 2018 Budget, so now live with it.

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Schemer18 1 year, 9 months ago

They lie more than a fish in a school. But its the people's time. IDIOTS.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 9 months ago

The higher fees are needed because Doofus Minnis and his poodle D'Aguilar want to give the numbers bosses and their web shops a huge tax break. Instead Doofus Minnis and his poodle D'Aguilar should shut down all the web shops and establish a national lottery, the net proceeds from which could be used to help fund our country's education system, including UB. And that harsh reality is not something that full of hot air Jeffrey Lloyd can defend, period.

Yep, that's right. Doofus Minnis and the constantly yapping white-haired poodle (D'Aguilar) would rather UB students pay higher fees and the rest of us get taxed to death than put the corrupt racketeering numbers bosses out of business or make them pay anywhere near their fair share of taxes given all of the harm they cause our society. And that's because Doofus Minnis, his poodle (D'Aguilar) and the FNM party have made a deal with these devils and don't want to bite the feeding hands of King Sebas of Lucky Charms and Prince Craig of Flowers Galore. LMAO

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DDK 1 year, 9 months ago

Mudda, I don't think they listen. I know they don't care! SSDD.

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