The University of Nairobi (UoN) has increased accommodation fees by up to seven times per semester, piling pressure on students already slapped with a sharp rise in tuition fees.
Students in single rooms, mostly those in third and final years will pay Sh21,525 per semester up from Sh3,150 followed while those in rooms shared by four will pay Sh15,120, up from Sh2,730.
Fresh students set to start reporting to the public university from today (Monday) will pay Sh19,635 for a room shared by two students per semester up from the Sh2,835 that UoN has been charging at its main campus.
The new freshers’ fees come weeks after the institution more than doubled fees for postgraduate courses and parallel degrees to ease a cash crunch that has seen it default on payment of statutory deductions.
Students, have however warned that they will start protests on Monday (today) when fresh students report, in a bid to force the administration to suspend the increment.
“First years applying for the rooms have been told to pay Sh144 per day for the single rooms and Sh187 per day for the rooms shared by four. We will demonstrate on Monday to disrupt admissions,” one of the students said on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation.
The increment will deal a blow to 5,894 government-sponsored students joining the university this month. The university had a student population of 65,188 as at June this year.
UoN in July more than doubled fees for government-sponsored and parallel students and those pursuing Masters to ease a cash crunch caused by a dip in student enrolment.
Undergraduate government-sponsored students for the medical course joining this month will now pay Sh59,000, up from Sh26,500, a 123 percent increase. They will pay Sh54,000 in their second year.
Self-sponsored students for the undergraduate medical course will pay Sh640,000, up from Sh445,000.
The university raised fees for students pursuing Master’s degrees in courses like communication and business administration (MBA) to Sh680, 000 for a two-year programme from an average of Sh275, 000, reflecting an increase of 147 percent.
Funding for the UoN just like other universities has been hit by a sharp fall in the number self-sponsored students in the past three years due to a drop in number of students scoring the mandatory C+ grade in KCSE.