UPNG Council confirms hike in fees

The University of Papua New Guinea has confirmed an increase in its compulsory tuition fees for 2018.

According to the UPNG Council, the decision was reached in light of the decrease in the annual budget provided by the Government and the increase in the annual costs of essential utilities to maintain the continued operations of the University’s teaching and learning activities.

The council said the increase also reflects the Consumer Price Index adjustment, which will affect both new and continuing undergraduate students.

They further clarified that the tuition fee increase does not apply to international students who enrol at UPNG for their studies.

While the current boarding and lodging fees for residential students will remain the same as 2017, the University’s Council say it may be subjected to increase in messing costs that arise from the Government’s new tariff structure, which comes into effect in January 2018.

UPNG’s acting Registrar, Nakanat Kote, assures that full details of the 2018 fee structure will be announced later this week. 

Charmaine Poriambep