UNILAG Implements Significant Tuition Fee Hike for Undergraduates
In a major development, the management of the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced a substantial increase in tuition fees for undergraduate students, effective immediately. According to a statement released by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) UNILAG branch on July 20, 2023, the new fee structure will have a significant impact on students’ finances.
Under the revised fee schedule, students studying medicine at UNILAG will now bear the brunt of the increase, with fees skyrocketing from the previous N19,000 to a staggering N190,250. For courses involving laboratory and studio usage, students will now be required to pay N140,250. Meanwhile, programmes not requiring such facilities have been set at N100,750.
The announcement came after a meeting between the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, and representatives from the three non-academic staff unions. During the discussion, issues pertaining to members’ welfare were addressed, leading to the revelation of the tuition fee adjustments.
Concerns were raised during the meeting about the impact on staff members with children attending the university. A representative from SSANU, Rasaki Yusuf, requested a rebate for these staff members, but the Vice Chancellor clarified that the fee changes were implemented nationwide and could not be tailored to specific student categories. As a compromise, the option of paying in instalments was offered to staff members, with the condition of settling the fees one month before final examinations.
Among other issues discussed were matters related to hostel accommodation for staff wards. The Vice Chancellor promised that a certain percentage of accommodation spaces would be reserved for their wards, but she could not guarantee that all staff children would secure hostel placements.
During the meeting, the staff unions also presented a list of demands covering overtime, shift allowance, hazard allowance implementation, staff medical screening, stagnation, and the status of UNILAG International School tutors. Additionally, the case of one staff member, Dr Arinye, was raised for further consideration.
The decision to increase tuition fees at UNILAG has ignited discussions and raised concerns among students and parents alike, as they grapple with the financial implications of these changes. As the situation continues to evolve, many eagerly await further updates and clarifications from the university’s management.[logo-slider]