Solusi University hikes fees by 400%

Solusi University on the outskirts of Bulawayo has reportedly increased tuition fees by about 400 percent.

Currently, local students were paying as much as ZWL$990 per semester and will now be forced to pay as much as ZWL$4 546 for undergraduate degrees.

A Master of Science student will pay ZWL$5 309 per semester under the new fee structure.

International students will pay between US$410 and US$ 1150 per semester depending on the degree they are pursuing.  

Speaking to CITE, one of the students said the fee increases came as a surprise.

“Our tuition fees have increased by about 400 percent but salaries have not been increased which makes it a challenge for them to gather fees,” said one student.

An official at the university who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not cleared to speak to the media, confirmed the increase and added that the university was struggling to stay afloat.

“We are failing to operate at this rate and if we do not hike the tuition fees the university may fail to keep afloat and might shut down with students degrees still underway,” said the official.

In 2017, students at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) run institution boycotted lectures in protest after the university introduced a $90 development levy.

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