UWI Council Approves Tuition Fees For Academic Year 2013/2014

The University of the West Indies

UWI REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, Jamaica (UWI) -- The annual business meeting of the Council of The University of the West Indies, held in the new UWI Regional Headquarters building in Mona, Jamaica, has endorsed the recommendations of the Sub-Committee on Tuition Fees with respect to fees for 2013/2014 academic programmes.

At the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, tuition fees remain the same as for the current academic year - Bds$5,625 for the Faculties of Humanities & Education, Science & Technology and Social Sciences; Bds$8,808 for the Faculty of Law and Bds$16,618 for the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

For the Mona Campus, fees for all Faculties will be increased by 5.5% over the current academic year. Accordingly, students will pay an annual tuition fee of J$252,164 for the Faculties of Humanities & Education, Science and Technology the Social Sciences and for Advanced Nursing programmes; the Faculty of Medical Sciences will cost J$606.905 and the Faculty of Law J$274,407.  This level of increase is below the inflation rate in Jamaica, reported at 8% for calendar year 2012 and represents a recovery of 20% of economic costs.

Tuition fees at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad & Tobago remain at the level approved for the 2012/2013 academic year. These were TT$12,425 for the Faculties of Food & Agriculture, Humanities & Education and the Social Sciences; TT$16,216 for the Faculty of Engineering and TT$13,689 for the Faculty of Law. The increase represents an 18% recovery of economic costs and is below the inflation rate of 7.2% recorded for calendar year 2012.

The schedule of fees for undergraduate, pre-University and postgraduate programmes at the Open Campus remain unchanged. Open Campus students pay fees in the local currency of the site of registration on a per course basis. Tuition fees for the undergraduate and pre-University programmes would remain at US$300 per 3-credit course and US$550 per 3-credit course for Specially Admitted and Graduate Programmes.

The Council endorsed the recommendations regarding tuition fees for self-financing programmes delivered at all four campuses. In addition, special concessionary fees for students from the Association of Caribbean States were approved for three years initially, as part of The UWI’s thrust to widen access to students from outside the CARICOM region. Council further decided to undertake a comprehensive review of the decision-making process on tuition fees. The Vice-Chancellor will convene a small Task Force which is expected to also consider a mechanism to facilitate timely decisions on fee levels, thus allowing firm offers to candidates much earlier than currently obtains.

About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with 45 physical site locations across the region, serving 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Food & Agriculture, and Social Sciences. www.uwi.edu

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