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Unilag hikes school fees for undergraduate by 10 folds to N190,250, says Staff Union

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The University of Lagos, located in Akoka, Lagos State, has reportedly implemented a fee hike for undergraduate students, as stated in a press release dated July 20, 2023, by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), UNILAG branch, following a meeting with top management officials.

According to the statement issued by the union, the Vice-Chancellor, Folasade Ogunsola, disclosed the decision to increase fees for undergraduate students at the University of Lagos during the said meeting.

Prior to this development, students in the institution paid N19,000, but the new fees have been fixed at N190,250 for students studying medicine, while courses involving laboratory and studio use will require students to pay N140,250.

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The SSANU representatives revealed that a meeting was held with Ogunsola and representatives of the three non-academic staff unions on Thursday, July 20th, to address concerns related to the welfare of members. It was during this meeting that the proposed fee adjustments for undergraduate students were disclosed.

According to the statement, students who do not utilize laboratory and studio facilities will be required to pay N100,750, while those who use such facilities will have to pay N140,250. For students studying at the College of Medicine, the new fee has been set at N190,250.

During the meeting, a representative of SSANU, Rasaki Yusuf made a request for a rebate for staff members with children enrolled at the university. However, the Vice-Chancellor emphasized that the new charges were determined at a national level and could not be altered for specific categories of students.

In response to concerns about payment, Ogunsola was said to have offered the option of paying the fees in installments, with the condition that the full payment must be completed one month before the final exams.

A statement by the school management stated that “After careful deliberations with its stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, staff unions, alumni among others), the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Management has reviewed the obligatory fees (mandatory charges for an academic session/year) of new and returning undergraduate students of the University.

“The adjustment in fees which will take effect from 1st Semester, 2023/2024 Academic Session, is in view of the prevailing economic realities and the need for the University to be able to meet its obligations to its students, staff, and municipal service providers among others.

“It is also pertinent to note that the University has not increased its obligatory fees in recent years.

“Management, therefore, seeks the kind understanding and support of students and other stakeholders with the assurance of its commitment towards ensuring that students get the best learning experience.”

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