Obafemi Awolowo University Enacts Tuition Fee Hike, Sparking Student Concerns
Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has recently unveiled adjustments to its tuition fees for the upcoming academic session. This development, disclosed through a communique by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, stems from a decision made by the Senate during an emergency meeting held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
According to Olarewaju, students enrolled in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Humanities, commonly referred to as “freshers,” will now be required to pay N151,200, while returning students within the same faculties face a fee of N89,200. This marks a significant increase from the previous fee structure, where returning students in these faculties were paying N20,100.
Students in the Faculties of Technology and Science, who were paying N28,100, will now incur higher costs, with new students paying N163,200 and returning students being charged N101,200. Similarly, those entering the Faculty of Pharmacy will need to budget N190,200, while returning students will pay N128,200.
The university management emphasized that these fee adjustments pertain to a single academic session and wished students success in their academic pursuits. This announcement follows earlier reports by The PUNCH on March 24, 2023, regarding the introduction of a “professional fee” at the university’s College of Health Sciences.
During a colloquium, the college administration had announced a N100,000 professional fee for students starting from the next session. In response, the Students’ Union Government leadership, represented by Olayiwola Festus, Odewale Damilare, and Ogunperi Taofeek, expressed concerns and called for an “emergency meeting” to address the issue.
It’s worth noting that in 2018, medical students at the college had collectively rejected the introduction of an N85,000 professional training fee, reflecting ongoing tensions surrounding tuition fees and associated charges at the institution.