The Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Hamad Al-Adwani, approved a decision indicating that private educational institutions should classify student fees according to tuition fees, fees for extracurricular student activities, and other fees. Al Qabas newspaper reported that the categories of expenses and fees must be disclosed in the administrative report attached to the annual financial report. In addition, universities are not allowed to impose fees or additional services on students without prior approval of the Council of Private Universities.
According to the decision, universities were urged to adhere to the tuition fees established by the Council of Private Universities, and were not permitted to impose additional fees on academic courses that require scientific supplies and equipment. The decision also stated that an institution that carries out its educational activity is allowed to submit a request to amend tuition fees after five years from the last amendment according to applied regulations.
Moreover, the contribution of the internal mission to extracurricular student activities fees was set to 25 dinars per student for the regular semester, provided that the educational institution’s contribution is not less than the amount of the internal mission’s contribution at least, calling on the institution to submit a statement of the disbursement of the budget allocated for extracurricular student activities in addition to the size of its contribution, as well as the number of students participating in the various activities in order to ensure the continuity of the contribution.
The decision also specified the permitted items for other fees in exchange for services and their amount, which stipulates that fees should not be imposed on students’ grievances or academic procedures, such as viewing exams and discussing grades. In addition, it is also not permissible to oblige students to buy textbooks or pay additional fees in exchange for additional services, and that such institutions must announce all fees for services and specify their value and time of maturity. Furthermore, it is also not allowed to oblige students to sign a pledge and acknowledgment to pay additional fees or to reserve graduation certificates.