End to free postgraduate tuition

China’s State Council announced last Wednesday that the country would begin charging tuition fees to all postgraduate students while offering more flexible choices of student financial aid, reports the official agency Xinhua.

Starting in the Autumn semester of 2014, all new postgraduates will be charged tuition fees, the cabinet said in a statement. Previously, students on government-funded postgraduate programmes enjoyed tuition waivers. The country will improve its financial aid system, introducing more kinds of scholarships as well as loans to help students cover their fees, the statement said.

The central government also vowed gradually to increase funds earmarked for improving the quality of postgraduate education. Under the new policy, yearly tuition fees for masters degrees and doctorates in academic disciplines are capped at 8,000 yuan (US$1,272) and 10,000 yuan respectively.
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