03 août 2015

Fees freeze and plan to improve students’ conditions

By Jane Marshall. University students will not have to pay more for their studies in the 2015-16 academic year in spite of an inspectors’ proposal for a substantial rise in fees.
As well as welcoming the fees freeze, students’ representatives have given a qualified welcome to recommendations for a national plan to improve students’ living and studying conditions.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, higher education and research minister, and Thierry Mandon, the new state secretary for higher education and research, announced that annual enrolment fees for national degree courses in public institutions of higher education would remain unchanged at €184 (US$203) for a licence (bachelor level); €256 for a masters; €391 for a doctorate; and €610 for an engineering degree. Read more...

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17 mai 2015

Debt-Free Catches On

HomeBy Michael Stratford. After a concerted push over the past several months from liberals and progressive groups, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign appears to be on the cusp of embracing a debt-free college plan. Read more...

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02 mars 2014

Ecoles des Mines : les frais d'inscription des étudiants s'envolent

Les EchosPar Marie-Christine Corbier. Les droits de scolarité vont quadrupler pour les étrangers, pour compenser la baisse de la subvention de l'Etat. Une association saisit le Conseil d'Etat. Les étudiants étrangers doivent-ils payer des droits de scolarité plus élevés que les étudiants français ? « Oui », répondent les prestigieuses écoles des Mines, regroupées derrière l'Institut Mines-Télécom. « Oui » aussi, estiment les ministères de tutelle de ces écoles (Redressement productif et Budget). Deux arrêtés du 23 décembre dernier, cosignés des deux ministères, prévoient en effet une différenciation des droits de scolarité pour les étudiants français et étrangers (hors Union européenne) dans les écoles de l'Institut Mines-Télécom et les six écoles des Mines qui lui sont rattachées (Paris, Saint-Etienne, Alès, Douai, Nantes, Albi-Carmaux). La hausse des droits de scolarité doit s'appliquer dès la rentrée prochaine. Pour les étudiants français et les ressortissants de l'Union européenne, ils augmenteront de 850 à 1.850 euros. Pour les étrangers, ils passeront de 850 à 3.850 euros. More...

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07 octobre 2013

Students blocked from university fee meeting

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPJP_Nit-L-QlXtIdp28wz61k7UTGN4At5PyURn1nCpc7RKKt8tTgAgKRZAuckland University students will be locked out of an upcoming meeting to discuss potential fee increases, following concerns about staff safety. Last year, protesters stormed the city campus after the institution decided to raise course fees by 4%. Two security guards were left badly injured in the incident. Accordingly, university staff are taking preventative measures for when its council meets again next month.
An Auckland University spokesperson has told ONE News that the decision to block students from the meeting is due to "numerous and serious safety issues".
"The Vice-Chancellor, as employer, has responsibility to ensure the health and safety of its staff and council members."
However, the spokesperson confirmed that the meeting would be live streamed. More...

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10 septembre 2013

International and postgraduate student fees survey, 2013

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy . Data on what each UK university will charge next year show how the cost of study can vary wildly. Imagine a (particularly fortunate) prospective student with £20,000 to burn leafing through the pages of UK university prospectuses. What could they get for their money?
One option – assuming they are based in the European Union – would be to buy just over two years of undergraduate tuition at the current average fee of just under £9,000 a year in England. If they were looking for a bargain, they could pick up five taught master’s degrees at Glyndwr University (and have a little left over). But they wouldn’t get even halfway through a £41,000 MBA at the University of Oxford before running out of cash. A survey of university fees for the coming academic year, using information provided by universities to The Complete University Guide, shows that prices vary wildly. More...

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21 octobre 2012

Nantes. Formation continue - l'université dope les frais

bandeau_plateformeDes enseignants en congé de formation dénoncent les frais d'inscription de la Formation continue à l'université de Nantes. Ceux-ci sont passés de 150 € à 2 000 € pour un financement individuel (600 € pour le tarif social, selon conditions de ressources) et 4 000 € pour une formation financée par l'entreprise. Cette décision, prise lors du conseil d'administration du 3 février 2012, permet d'équilibrer le coût de la formation continue.
Formation continue : l'université dope les frais. - TIGOE Yasmine. - OUEST FRANCE, 19/10/2012.
bandeau_plateforme Teacher training leave denounce fee of Continuing Education at the University of Nantes. These have risen from € 150 to € 2,000 for individual funding (€ 600 for the social tariff, as tested) and € 4,000 for training funded by the company. This decision, taken at the Board of Directors on 3 February 2012, helps to balance the cost of training. More...

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24 août 2012

France - Students condemn increased cost of living, registration fees and charges

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jane Marshall. In the run-up to the new academic year, France’s two biggest student organisations have condemned rises in students’ living costs and demanded that the government reverse increases in university registration fees and other compulsory charges.
Minister for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso sympathised with students whose purchasing power was declining, but denied she had raised fees unreasonably and said she was giving priority to making higher education more accessible to young people from poorer families.
Both the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF) and the Fédération des Associations Générales d’Étudiants (FAGE) last week published their annual inquiries into students’ living expenses.
UNEF claimed that these would rise by 3.7% in 2012-13 compared to last year – nearly twice the rate of inflation – while FAGE calculated that a student would have to pay €2,434.33 (US$3,060) at the start of the university year, 2.6% more than in 2011-12.
A major cause of the increased costs was an explosion in rents, which had risen 10.8% in Paris and 2.3% in the rest of the country according to UNEF, which warned of the ‘pauperisation’ of students. FAGE said housing represented more than 45% of students’ budgets.
Other items that had risen sharply in terms of costs were clothes, up 4%, and food, up 3.2%, UNEF said.
FAGE criticised in particular the rise in compulsory charges such as university registration fees, which are fixed annually by government decree. This year they are €181 for a licence (bachelor equivalent) course, up by 2.26%; €250 for a masters, up 2%; and €380 for a doctorate, up 2.15%.
University restaurant meals and compulsory social security contributions had also increased.
FAGE, which has been carrying out its inquiries for 10 years, calculated that student costs had risen by 50% over the past decade – “33 points more than inflation, while social benefits rose by only 23%”. During that time enrolment fees had risen by 28%, 11 points above inflation, it said.
UNEF described students as “the least protected population”. It said the economic crisis had made it impossible for many parents to fund their children’s higher education and, with only two students in 10 in receipt of grants, 80% had no financial support.
As a result student wages had become the chief means for financing studies, with 73% of students now taking paid employment compared with only 48% in 2006. Students who took paid jobs were twice as likely to fail their exams as those who could study full time, said UNEF.
Both organisations demanded reform of student financial benefits, which they proposed could be paid for by reorganisation of a tax concession made to families with responsibility for a student, which generally favoured the better-off.
UNEF called for a doubling of the grants budget and introduction of an ‘autonomy allowance’ – a grant for living expenses for all students not dependent on their families, as promised by the socialist President François Hollande during his election campaign earlier this year.
FAGE proposed a means-tested allowance for which twice the number of students currently receiving a grant would be eligible.
In response to the two organisations, Minister Fioraso said that students, like all French people, had seen their purchasing power diminish in the past few years; policies of the previous right-wing government had aggravated their difficulties, she said.
Her major priority was to widen access to higher education, and she was introducing an ambitious policy to support students from modest backgrounds.
Fioraso denied raising university charges substantially, pointing out that “while several countries have chosen to increase very significantly that part of the costs of education financed by the students”, French registration fees had risen only by the inflation rate of 2.1%.

This year’s increases were only €4 for a licence course, €5 for a masters and €8 for a doctorate, she said. Apart from Scandinavian countries, where higher education was free, France’s fees were among the lowest in the world, she added. Student grants had been raised by 2.1%.
A major new initiative was the government’s decision to control rents, which would favour very many students.
Fioraso said the president had expressed his intention to review existing benefits, and create a means-tested higher education allowance. Consultations would begin soon, she said.

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