Degree cost on the rise

Degree cost on the rise

For those who opt for self-funded higher education, the price of studying is increasing fast

It is becoming more expensive to pay for your own degree. Tuition fees for the next academic year are to increase by as much as nine per cent.

Schools say the rise is due to increased costs. But two-thirds of students surveyed by youth interest NGO Hok Yau Club said the rise is unfair.

"Many of my classmates have a part-time job in order to pay for their tuition," says Angel To Hiu-tung, 19, who goes to Hang Seng Management College. Her three-year degree started at HK$65,000 per year, but next year she has to pay HK$67,500.

"[Higher] education shouldn't only be for the rich," she added.

The student association has suggested that tuition should be frozen after students have started the course. New fees should only apply to new students. Students will hold a demonstration tomorrow to voice their concerns.

Meanwhile, Shue Yan University has increased its annual tuition from HK$55,000 to HK$60,000 for the 2014/15 academic year.

Students at Open University will soon have to shell out between HK$54,600 and HK$81,900 every year, up from HK$52,000 to HK$78,000.

HKU Space Po Leung Kuk Community College hasn't announced its new tuition fees yet. But student Janet Choi Hoi-ching, 17, worries she, too, will have to pay more.

"The school has never explained how our money is spent," she says.

Competition for government-funded bachelor programmes at the city's eight universities is fierce. This year there are 79,000 DSE candidates vying for just 15,000 places. Instead, many are looking towards self-funded degrees.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Degree cost on the rise

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