Published On: Wed, Aug 27th, 2014

Increase tuition fee is not yet a fact

Curacao ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – On the 12th of September The Parliament of Curaçao plans to discuss the proposed increase in tuition fee at the University of Curaçao. This means that the increase is not yet a fact. It can be rejected by the MPs, even though, according to the management of the University, this would not be a good idea.

In early July it was announced that the idea is on the table to increase the tuition for the Bachelor and Master’s programs to strengthen the weak financial position of the University. However, the Advisory Council was critical of the proposal, saying that the university should develop a remediation plan first and describe the consequences of the increase better.

The students protested heavily and asked whether the UoC has considered the complications that arise for the students who received student loans. Due to this increase, the old loan will not be sufficient.

The students also indicated that those who did not receive a scholarship, can no longer apply for one because the application period has already passed. Also, the registration fee rose with 200 guilders to 545 guilders. Thus, a student must pay this amount before August 15, 2014, to ensure that they receive their loan for the remainder of the year.

They also indicated that they want to better understand why this tuition increase is necessary. “In the media you have indicated that there has been overdue maintenance on the UoC. This statement is very vague and unclear for us. We would like to know specifically where this money will be spent on. Besides maintenance, are there other concrete examples of improvements that are necessary for the students?” the students asked.

Now Parliament will have their say on this matter and either accept or reject this increase proposal.

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