Monday, June 10, 2013

A major increase in university fees in Spain

Recently, the increase in university tuition fees is so significant that many students are left out of the education system because they cannot afford such fees.
The University System Observatory (OSU in Spanish and Catalan) published some reports abut the increase of university tuition fees and its effects. Some data:
Spain is the sixth country with the highest tuition fees. Only universities in Portugal, UK, The Netherlands, Italy and Ireland are more expensive than in Spain.
By virtue of the Royal Decree Law 14/2012 passed last year (a bill of education reforms), university students are charged with 15 to 25% of the total cost of their degree. But there is no way to put these costs down into real figures, so regional governments set the price of university fees on the base of different criteria. Catalonia is where tuition fees have increased more significantly, and where master’s degrees and PhD are more expensive:
•    Since 2001, university degrees have risen 84% to 103% more than the retail price index.
•    Since the implementation of European degrees in 2008, these are 71% to 76% more expensive than the retail price index.
•    This year, tuition fees have reached their top increase: a growth of 67% in only one year. This means about 607 € to 949 € per university year.
In the following chart you can see the rise of tuition fees in Catalonia, showing the prices of university degrees in euros:

  1. The case of a good student who left university because he could not afford tuition fees:
  2. University System Observatory (OSU):



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