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UB to increase fees and tuition

Effective fall 2019, the University of The Bahamas (UB) will implement a 15 percent increase in tuition for all first-time, first-year enrolled students with increases in a number of fees which haven’t changed since the institution was founded.

“As of fall 2018, the estimated real cost of attendance, per student, at University of The Bahamas was between $26,810 and $30,810 annually, based on figures provided by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships,” the Office of University Relations advised students and faculty in a letter emailed on Saturday.

“This includes the cost of housing.

“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 claims the new tuition and fee structure will not affect currently enrolled students.

The letter states that tuition at UB has been unchanged for 20 years and fees paid by students accounted for only 20 percent of what it costs to attend UB.

This, according to the letter, has resulted in an increased dependency on government subventions to support minimal operational, educational and growth expenditures.

On December 14, 2016, the former Council of the College of The Bahamas (COB) and Transition Board of Trustees, approved tuition rate increases in the amounts of 20 percent for Fall 2017, 15 percent for Fall 2018 and 12 percent for Fall 2019, according to the letter. This would have amounted to a collective 47 percent over the three years, had these increases been enforced.

But UB’s Board of Trustees revoked the previously approved, phased-in tuition rates, and instead approved a revised tuition and fee structure, exclusively for first-time, first-year students, the letter explained.

The amended fees set for fall 2019 include transcripts and e-transcripts – which will incur additional charges from the service provider – which currently cost $5 but will cost $20.

Local status letters, including enrollment, initial review, progression and completion, excluding the first letter after graduation, which currently cost $10, will increase to $50.

International status letters, currently free, will cost $60.

Diploma certificates, currently free, will cost $50.

Graduation evaluation, currently $100, will cost $250.

Late registration fee, currently $150, will cost $250.

Add/ drop/ withdrawal fees currently $20 but will cost $25.

Application fees, currently $40, will cost $50.

The ID card fee, currently $10, will cost $20.

In June 2018, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis pledged that free tuition for full-time Bahamian students at UB will begin Fall 2019.

In his second 2019 national report last month, the prime minister reiterated the government’s pledge to provide free tuition to qualifying students attending UB.

Laurent Rolle

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd Year

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