The University of Nairobi (UoN) has increased fees twice as much for self-sponsored degrees and postgraduate courses to mitigate the cash crunch brought by a drop in student enrolment.
Liberal arts Master’s courses and MBA fees have increased fees for liberal arts Master’s courses to more than Sh600,000 for a two-year programme from an average of Ksh 275,000 by the institution.
It reflects an increase of 118 percent.
Economics, law, and commerce degrees have increased by 70 percent under the parallel plan to about Sh1 million for the four years.
The new rates are effective from July this year for new students joining the institution.
The rates will mark the first high fees review for postgraduate courses and parallel degrees in nearly two decades.
The university is hoping the review scales up revenues from fees, which have dropped in recent years and pushed Kenya’s leading public university to an Sh1.4 billion loss in the year to June 2018.
Furthermore, Undergraduate students under the government’s sponsorship opposed proposals by the vice-chancellor to have tuition fees charges tripled to Ksh 48,000 per annum.
The institution then settled on the easier target of postgraduate and self-sponsored students.
The two-year MBA course will now cost Sh602,000 from Sh280,000.
Excluding project fees while, MA in Communication fees has increased to Sh655,000, up from Ksh 273, 000.
The increased postgraduate fees are nearly half what top private universities like Strathmore are charging.
Fees for a Master’s in Commerce at Strathmore is Sh636,720 annually.
Students pursuing medicine at UoN will part with Sh3.8 million for the five-year course,.
Marking an increase from Sh2.35 million.
A degree in law is being charged Ksh 1, 020, 000 from Sh715, 500 while engineering courses will average Sh2.1 million from about Sh1 million.
The review of the fees comes when the drop in the number of students pursuing parallel degree courses whose tuition charges are dependant on market rates, has financially affected the university finances.
UON has had to freeze hiring and slow down expansion plans as they struggle with huge debts.
Over the past four years, admission to public universities of nearly all high school students who score C+ (plus) and above has reduced.
Thus, affecting the pool of learners available for private universities and self-sponsored degree programme students in public universities.