College fees to rise 2.17%: education ministry

04/22/2019 08:02 PM
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Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Basic fees for tuition and other items charged by colleges and universities for the 2019-2020 school year will rise by 2.17 percent, a five-year record high, the Ministry of Education announced Monday.

The ministry came up with the increase after taking into account the annual increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), employee salaries and disposable household incomes.

Schools wanting to raise their tuition and other fees must submit applications to the ministry for review by June 17, make the relevant information public and communicate with their students.

Chu Chun-chang (朱俊彰), director-general of the Department of Higher Education, said that schools that did not hike their tuition and other fees for the last school year can apply to increase their fees this year by a maximum rate capped at 2.5 percent.

After it receives the applications, the ministry will convene a review committee meeting composed of scholars, experts, students and parents, with the results scheduled to be released in mid-July.

Last year, the education authority rejected applications for tuition increases proposed by 14 universities, while National Chung Hsing University in Taichung and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung were allowed to raise their fees by 2 percent, which was lower than the proposed 3 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

(By Chen Chi-chung and Evelyn Kao)


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