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State Universities in Iceland Requested Raising of Fees

State universities in Iceland have requested an increase in registration fees, according to Minister of Education Illugi Gunnarsson.

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The University of Iceland. Photo: Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir/Iceland Review.

The budget bill for 2014 takes into consideration itemized calculations presented in a joint letter from the universities, sent to the Ministry of Education on August 26, 2013, Illugi said in response to Svandís Svavarsdóttir, MP for the Left Greens, who had requested an explanation for the raising of the registration fees.

The plan is to raise fees from ISK 60,000 (USD 500, EUR 370) to ISK 75,000 (USD 625, EUR 460) per year Illugi said, mbl.is reports.

Svandís had asked whether the universities had submitted an itemized list of the cost included in the registration fees, and if so, how it was divided.

She pointed out that according to Icelandic law, public universities are authorized to collect registration fees from its students to cover registration and other service which does not fall under research and teaching.

In the universities’ joint letter to the Ministry of Education it was stated that the University of Iceland’s cost per student is approximately ISK 75,000 whereas the cost per student at Akureyri University is approximately ISK 80,000 per year.

The letter was accompanied by a chart revealing that the registration fees had followed general pricing in Iceland since 2005 when it was at ISK 45,000. According to calculations, the fee would be just over ISK 78,000 today.

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