“Official announcement on the tuition increment decision at the University of Liberia (UL) delivered by the Acting Chair of Board of Trustees Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.”
The UL administration yesterday officially endorsed the tuition increment as sanctioned by the Board of Trustees.
In a statement, the Administration said, “UL Board of Trustees has met several times during the month of February, precisely on the 19, 24 and 26 where they discussed a proposal to increase tuition at the university.”
“We also met with the student leaders, the UL Administration, and the student leadership as well as held a similar meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the Visitor to the University on the same issue,” the statement said.
The statement added that at the February 24 Board meeting, a majority of the Board members endorsed the proposal that tuition be increased from US$2.05 cents to US$4 commencing second semester 2015/2016. Additionally, the Board further resolved that adjustment be made in the budget of the university, and that the Board should seek extra funds for the university’s operations.
“At the February 26 meeting, the students, through their leadership, were informed of the Board’s concurrence with the Administration’s proposal,” the statement noted.
It said following these meetings, the UL Administration, in consultation with the Board of Trustees wishes to announce that the cost per credit for the undergraduate level be increased from US$2.05 cents to US $4 per credit, while the cost per credit hour for the graduate and professional schools be increased from US$55 to US$75 with the exception of the Medical and Pharmacy Schools.
“The projected revenues to be generated,” the statement said, “will be applied to five critical areas of the university: reduction of annual budget deficits, improving the UL libraries, maintaining ICT infrastructure including internet connectivity, deferred maintenance of critical infrastructure including buildings, and faculty, staff and student development, especially experiential learning for student leaders.”
Meanwhile, the UL has called on students to remain engaged with the administration and its partners in ensuring quality higher education for the over 30,000 students.