Government to scrap university enrolment fees

The Indonesian government says it has increased assistance funds for higher education institutions so that state universities can eliminate initial student enrolment fees starting this year, reports The Jakarta Post.

“This year’s fees will certainly cost less when compared to previous years,” the secretary of the Education and Culture Ministry’s higher education council, Nizam, said on Thursday. The move was made possible by an increase in State University Operational Assistance Funds to Rp2.7 trillion (US$278 million) for 2013, up from Rp1.5 trillion last year.

Enrolment fees would be eliminated for students selected by the national entrance test for state universities and for those who have independently enrolled and pay a greater portion of their tuition, Nizam said. “The main point of getting rid of the enrolment fees is affordability.”
Full report on The Jakarta Post site