The University of Rwanda has increased tuition fees despite the earlier appeal by the Ministry of Education that had asked the University to reduce fees as a way of keeping Rwandan students at the university instead of letting them go to foreign universities where standards are low but with reduced tuition fees.
Both national and international students pursuing bachelors degrees in Science and Technology at the University will have to part with tuition of Rwf2bmillion beginning academic year 2019/2020.
In 2017/2018 academic year, students from Rwanda and the other East African Community member states in the science and technology faculties paid Rwf1,500,000 while other foreigners paid Rwf1,800,000.
In the same academic year, Rwandan and EAC students who studied in faculties other than Science and Technology paid Rwfb600,000 while other foreigners paid Rwf720,000.
According to the announcement made by the University of Rwanda last week, students in the College of Science and Technology (CST), the College of Health and Medical Studies (CMHS) whether government-sponsored or privately sponsored will pay a tuition of Rwf2,000,000 per year.
Students pursuing their bachelor degrees in science and technology at the College of Education will pay Rwf2 million while the privately sponsored will pay Rwf1,600,000.
All other students doing other studies which are not science and technology at the College of Education will pay Rwf800,000 as tuition fees per year.
Government sponsored students pursuing science and technology faculties at the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) will pay Rwf2 million while the privately sponsored will pay Rwf1,600,000 per year as tuition fees.
Both government and privately sponsored students at the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), College of Education and College of Business and Economics will pay Rwf800,000 per year.
However, privately sponsored students doing humanities in Nyagatare and Rusizi campuses will pay Rwf530,000 while the government sponsored students at those campuses will pay Rwf800,000.
The University of Rwanda has almost doubled the registration fees, from Rwf35,000 to Rwf65,000.
The Ministry of Education, in June this year, announced it had asked the University of Rwanda to reduce tuition fees in a bid to keep Rwandan students from enrolling to universities from neighboring countries some of which offer low quality training.