The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has announced a new fees structure which will see undergraduate students paying between $5 000 and $7 500 per semester depending on their programmes.
According to nust.ac.zw, some of the new fees are as follows, students in the Faculty of Communication & Information Science will pay $5,120.00, Faculty of Applied Sciences will pay $6,500.00, while those in the Faculty of Medicine will pay $7 500.00 in total.
NUST communication and marketing officer Lindiwe Nyoni defended the new fees structure, saying they are above board. She said:
The tuition fees that our students are supposed to pay are capped at $5 000 in line with Government’s directive. But what makes the total fees exceed the $5 000 cap are the levies that take into account processes that make it possible to run certain programmes.
Each programme or faculty have certain levies that are charged to ensure it’s smooth running for the benefit of the students as well as the effective running of the university.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said there was nothing wrong with the fees as long as the tuition did not exceed $5 000.00.
Meanwhile, the University of Zimbabwe fee structure shows that students in the Faculty of Arts would pay $5 310 while those studying medicine will pay $8 755.