Thu, Jul 22, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Cabinet approves tuition increases for universities

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Cabinet yesterday granted permission to raise tuition to 53 of the nation's 158 public and private colleges and universities.

Among universities, 29 of the 37 public and private universities applying to raise tuitions for the fall semester were given approval.

Twelve of the 29 are public universities and the remaining 17 are private.

The public universities will charge between NT$640 and NT$1,880 more per semester -- an increase of between 2.9 and 5 percent. Their private counterparts will charge an additional NT$1,340 to NT$3,350 -- an increase of 2.99 to 5 percent.

All told, a public university student will pay about NT$29,000 in tuition per semester and a private university student will pay about NT$53,600.

Of the 31 public and private vocational colleges applying to increase their tuition, 24 gained approval. Among those 24, seven are public and 17 are private.

Students at the seven public colleges will pay an additional between NT$1,326 and NT$1,710 per semester.

Their private counterparts will pay NT$1,270 to NT$2,610 more.

All in all, the average tuition at a public vocational college will be about NT$25,500 per semester. At private vocational colleges, that number will be about NT$52,500.

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