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Cabinet passes tuition cap for part-time students

THE SLOVAK Cabinet okayed on October 3 an Education Ministry proposal to cap the annual tuition fees that public universities can collect from their part-time students for individual study programmes.

The cap sets the total amount the universities can collect from all of their part-time students in given programme. Comenius University in Bratislava got the highest limit of Sk40.9 million (€1.2 million), while the lowest cap was set for the University in Komárno with Sk1.1 million, the SITA newswire wrote.

Public universities can also accept a limited number of applications for free study for part-time programmes. The tuition fee caps were set by considering the number of students, quality and cost of the study programmes, and demand for graduates on the labour market. Public higher educational institutions have until October 31 to decide which part-time study programmes will offer free tuition, and how many students will be able to study for free in those programmes.

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