PETALING JAYA: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) increased its on-campus hostel fees to cover the maintenance and improvement of its college facilities and existing teaching and learning facilities that are over 60 years old, says its vice-chancellor.
Emeritus Prof Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim said the increase in its hostel fees is a result of a cut in the government’s allocation for universities by nearly RM500mil in 2017.
On-campus hostel charges for undergraduate students were introduced from December 2005, he said, and discussions and detailed studies to subsequently charge diploma students have been in place since 2014.
“UiTM has decided to implement these charges from September 2019.
“The fees to be charged are RM2, RM3 and RM4 per day, depending on the type of room students choose.
“The university management needs to constantly upgrade its facilities to be in line with the needs of current university students, in all 35 UiTM campuses nationwide, ” he said in a statement Tuesday (Aug 13).
However, he said the university is aware that some of its students are from low-income families.
As a result, several groups of students have been identified as being eligible for exemption, depending on the following categories:
a) Students from poor families with a monthly income of less than RM2, 500 with a large number of dependents,
b) Student Representative Student Council members,
c) Student Representative Committee members,
d) Uniformed student bodies,
e) Student athletes who represent the country and are recognised by the Youth and Sports Ministry, and
f) Outstanding students from clubs or associations, representing the country and winning international competitions.
Prof Mohd Azraai said the varsity is actively engaged in continuous transformation and enhancement of its teaching delivery through strategic initiatives to achieve its aspiration of becoming an international premier university.
“The university management is appreciative of the public's concern, especially from UiTM alumni, and welcomes all forms of support, feedback and suggestions for mutual benefit, ” he said.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had questioned why diploma students at UiTM needed to pay fees for their rooms.
He said it was previously free for diploma students and they only had to pay RM20 per semester for utilities.