On April 11, news broke that the University of Ibadan, (UI) reviewed the fees payable by fresh students by 450-750%.

Prior to this increment, newly admitted students paid fees ranging from ₦20,000 to ₦30,000. However, the latest increment for fresh students ranges from a sharp ₦203,000 to ₦412,000.

While the new fees have just been implemented, documents seen by Zikoko suggest it had been proposed by the school management since August 2023.

The university PRO, Adejoke Akinpelu, confirmed that the new rates will be uploaded to the university portal to give students a sense of what they’ll pay going forward.

“The fees are personalised for the students based on their courses of study and will be uploaded on their platforms from tomorrow or later. Kindly wait until the fees are uploaded and you have the facts.”

At the time of filing this report, the new fees have been displayed on the portal of fresh students across faculties within the institution.

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Some new students will pay a ₦238,500 bundle fee, a technology levy and a utility levy of ₦20,000 respectively shooting the total to ₦278,000.

However, in some faculties, the total amount freshers have to pay ranges from ₦372,000 to ₦412,000.

According to the dean of Students Affairs, Professor Keye Abiona, who spoke with campus journalists, the new fees also apply to the institution’s returning students.

Student Union kicks against fee hike

Following the development, the UI Students’ Union body has kicked against the hike and demanded a reversal to previous fees.

A statement issued by the president, Samuel Tobiloba, on Sunday, April 14, read in part:

“Our union’s position on increment in fees, especially at this hard time, remains the same (NO TO FEE INCREMENT).”

The union equally wrote to the university management requesting the suspension of payments and registration of fresh students until a resolution is met.

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Nigerians, potential students react to increment

Meanwhile, Nigerians and some potential students have taken to social media to lament the fee hike.

Sheriff Bashorun, a 17-year-old JAMB candidate hoping to apply to the university told Zikoko “My mum has been worried since we heard the news. She insisted I chose UI when I was registering for JAMB. Now we don’t even know what next. We’re hoping they reverse the increment”.

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