Dongguk University has decided not to increase this year’s tuition fees following last year. Our university announced this good news for students at our school affairs conference on January 27th. It is especially good news considering that other private universities in Seoul including Yonsei, Seogang, Hongik decided to raise their own tuition fees. Oh Yeong-Kyo, the president of Dongguk, said “We thought about the difficulties running our school if we didn’t raise tuition this year. As many people know, many private universities in Korea depend heavily on tuition fee for their financing. However, we decided to freeze student tuition to share the financial difficulties of both parents and students, and encourage students not to give up their studies because of money problems.”
In addition, our university also has said they will create new scholarships to help those students who suffer from financial hardship. They will also create new scholarship services such as “Parental scholarships” and “Lovely Student scholarships.” The Parental scholarship will start from this year and will be lead by students’ parents’ voluntary donations and the Lovely Student scholarship will also start from this year and will be run our staffs' donations which includes about 30% of their wages. Students should not worry that freezing tuition will lead to reduced scholarships. President Oh said that he believes the combined efforts of students, parents and all staff members in dongguk along with these new scholarships can help our university withstand our financial crisis while improving Dongguk University’s competitiveness.
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