UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D., emphasized UGM does not increase tuition fee since 2015. Moreover, there is a decrease of tuition fee for several study programs.
Meanwhile, underprivileged students of UGM are funded by the government and many scholarships. According to the Rector, the percentage of underprivileged students is 32% of 55 thousands students.
“The scholarships which are provided by UGM for the underprivileged students are up to 200 billion per year,” said Dwikorita on Tuesday (2/5).
Moreover, the tuition payment system in UGM also facilitates the underprivileged students to propose a remission, adjustment, as well as postponement with requirements and procedures which have been determined through an aspiration forum between the students and the Head of Faculty or Department. One of the tuition fee requirements for consideration is submitting a photocopy of Family Register Certificate that states the number of family members who need to be supported by head of family.
“This method and several conveniences provided by UGM are expected to help the underprivileged students so they can continue their study despite having a financial problem,” she added.
The tuition fee which is paid by the students only covers around 30% of the total budget needed by the university for managing academic activities at UGM. The major parts of 70% of the budget is funded by the government (35%), and creative funding for research, cooperation on downstream products between business and industry, as well as funding from many vendors and philanthropies (35%).
In line with the Rector statement, Vice Rector of Academic and Student Affairs UGM, Prof. Dr. Iwan Dwiprahasto, M.Med., Sc., Ph.D., said UGM has been considering the number of the family dependants in classifying the tuition fee since 2016. Both of permanent and temporary tuition fee adjustments also had been determined by UGM and the students at that time. On the other hand, the university also had determined a policy for undergraduate students who have exceeded 8 semesters and vocational students who have exceeded 6 semesters to pay just 50% of their tuition fee.