Public college tuition may be increased up to 10%: MOE
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Tuition for public colleges will be increased by up to 10 percent while tuition for private colleges will be raised by up to 5 percent, according to a Ministry of Education (MOE) draft released yesterday.
March 1, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The MOE announced yesterday plans to restart the procedure to hold public hearings regarding the draft to adjust tuition for universities and college students.
According to the MOE, the ministry designed a “draft A” in an attempt to balance the tuition for public and private students, raising public college tuition by 5 percent while the government will be responsible for subsidizing tuition for disadvantaged students.
The MOE said that the ministry will choose either “draft B” or “draft C” to combine with “draft A” as the basis to adjust tuition with a maximum increase of 10 percent.
Huang Wen-ling (黃雯玲), head of the MOE's Department of Higher Education (高教司), said that “draft B” will adjust tuition based on the education and research costs of each school. If the cost increases by 3 percent, tuition will increase by 3 percent, said Huang.
“Draft C” is designed to respect the liberty of each college and university, Huang said. Each school can discuss with students' parents and then suggest reasonable proposals regarding tuition adjustments for the MOE to review. However, the maximum tuition increase is set as 5 percent.
Huang said that these remain only drafts and are still under discussion. If the public has different opinions regarding tuition adjustments, Huang said, everyone is welcome to bring up ideas at the public hearings.
According to the MOE, there will be three meetings held regarding tuition adjustments with student representatives and parents' groups.