Bill proposes 25% hike in international student fees

The Knesset plenum recently passed a bill 32-0 that proposes allowing universities and colleges subsidised by the state to raise their annual tuition by up to 25% for international students, writes Udi Shaham for The Jerusalem Post.

Currently, the tuition for international students for bachelor programmes is equivalent to the subsidised tuition of an Israeli citizen. The bill is an amendment to the Students Law (1958) and seeks to authorise the Council for Higher Education to set higher tuitions for international students. The bill would not apply to extra-budgetary programmes, such as graduate and exchange programmes, which are already budgeted independently by the academic institutions.

MK Merav Ben-Ari (Kulanu), who co-sponsors the bill alongside her faction colleague MK Roy Folkman and MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas), told The Jerusalem Post that the motivation behind the bill is to use the additional tuition income to improve the quality of education for international students.
Full report on The Jerusalem Post site