Hours after the social media had been abuzz with reactions over the increase in tuition, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has officially released a breakdown of the reviewed obligatory fees of new and returning undergraduate students for the new academic session.
According to a statement posted on the university website, the fees were reviewed by the institution’s authorities after careful deliberations with the stakeholders, including students, parents/guardians, staff unions, and alumni, among others.
Approved charges for one academic session for new undergraduates are N126,325 and N176,300 for courses without lab/Studio and for courses with lab/studio respectively.
Returning undergraduate students studying courses without use of lab/Studio are now to pay N100,750 per session; while those studying courses with use of lab/studio are to pay N140,250 per session.
The newly approved tuition for medical students is N190,250 per academic session.
However, in addition to the new fees, new undergraduate students are to pay N10,000 for toxicology test for screening and another N20,000 utility charges.
Returning undergraduate students are also to pay N20,000 utility charges, while all final year students are to pay N30,000 convocation fee. There is also charges for field trips where such is a mandatory requirement of the course of study.
The authorities of the university disclosed that the adjustment in tuition takes effect from the first semester of the 2023/2024 academic session; explaining that the review was 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.
While noting that the university has not increased its obligatory fees in recent years, the institution sought 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.