Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Fee increase at UWI Cave Hill

Tuition fees are set to go up at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The decision comes following The UWI Council’s annual business meeting, held on April 27.

In a statement issued today, The UWI Council noted that the Faculties of Social Sciences; Humanities and Education; and Science and Technology and Law would be affected by the “marginal increase".

Tuition fees in the Faculties of Social Sciences; Humanities and Education; and Science and Technology will move from $5,625 to $6,000, an increase of 6.67 per cent; tuition fees in the Faculty of Law will move from $8,808 to $9,000, an increase of 2.18 percent; while fees within the Faculty of Medical Sciences remain unchanged.

The graduate programmes financed by University Grants Committee (UGC) will move in line with the increased fees.  Fees for the taught masters programmes remain unchanged.

It was noted that fees at the Cave Hill campus have remained unchanged for the past six years, “in accordance with its previous commitments to attain a cost recovery ratio not exceeding 20 per cent of total economic costs on all three campuses”. 

The cost recovery ratio at Cave Hill is approximately 17.9 per cent, said The UWI Council.

The UWI Council noted that it had rejected a recommendation to increase fees by 43 percent across the board in order to keep pace with recent inflation, as it did not believe that was “in keeping with the best interest of our students”.

The statement continued:

“The Cave Hill campus fully appreciates the support it has received from the Guild of Students in understanding the circumstances that have brought about this development, and their endorsement of the Council ratification.

"The University notes the severe challenge of students in meeting their financial obligations since the introduction of tuition fees in 2013. It notes, too, the campus’s implementation and facilitation of a wide range of financial assistance programmes to mitigate the effects of these obligations on our student body." 

These measures include the ongoing Cave Hill Campus Financial Aid Initiative; the provision of funding by the Barbados Government through the Higher Education Grant; The Student Revolving Loan Fund; expansion of the number of scholarships and bursaries made available by a variety of private sector and donor agencies as well as individuals and alumni organisations;  and Individualized Financial Payment Plans.

Students are being urged take advantage of these funding opportunities and to visit the Campus’ website to view the range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance available.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: