Universities cut fees to reduce strain, attract top students

Some universities in the United Arab Eemirates have reduced fees by up to 50% to help families cope with the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Anam Rizvi for The National.

The discounts come as higher education institutions try to hang on to the best talent and attract high achievers in a time of financial uncertainty.

Last year, many universities in Dubai cut fees to ease financial pressures on students and their families. Now that trend is being seen widely across the country. Middlesex University Dubai recently announced that all high-school leavers in the UAE are eligible for a 15% discount. But high-achieving applicants in the UAE who score two A* in their A-levels, more than 38 points in their International Baccalaureate diploma, or 95% in the Indian equivalent CBSE exams, will get discounts of 50% on their entire course of study.
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