Midlands State University (MSU) has reportedly approved a 407% tuition fee increase amid reports that many students are already struggling to make ends meet.
The notice signed by Doctor K. Mudzingwa shows that undergraduate students will pay between ZW$285 000 (US$453) to ZW$359 212, with Medicine and Engineering degrees being the most expensive.
Converted to foreign currency equivalency based on the official exchange rate, the new fee structure ranges between US$453 and US$571 per semester.
The hike is significant considering most degrees were averaging ZW$50 000 last semester.
Postgraduate students, who were initially paying about ZW$81 000 last semester, will now pay between ZW$318 472 and ZW$573 360 up to the Masters’ level with some doctoral students paying ZW$1 million.
At least 50% of the fees are expected to have been paid by the close of registration on November 4, 2022, with the remainder expected by November 25, 2022.