Reading a press statement issued by the UL administration, the acting Trustee Board Chairperson said that it has been three years now since the University Board and students leaders discussed this matter.
According to her, in February 2016, the student leaders and the University authority agreed to effect this change in the second semester of academic year 2015/2016.
Currently, undergraduate students pay the amount of LD$175 per credit hour and the University intends to increase it to LD$300.
For graduate programs, students currently pay US$55 and it is expected to be increased to US$75 this semester.
Senator Taylor says the monies generated from the increment would be used to address three major issues of the University including the annual budget deficit the university faces, improving computer laboratory and the sciences.
She called on students to remain engaged with the University authority as they expect this change to take effect this semester.
Despite claims that the UL Students Union leadership was involved in the decision making process, University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) President, Daniel Ward condemned the increment calls and said the students will resist any attempt by the University to adjust tuition.
He said it is only a pronouncement yet and he does not believe that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has even gotten the National Legislature involved in reaching the decision.
Mr. Ward says the University was established by an act of Legislature, and it is the government’s responsibility to sponsor its academic activities and make sure it provides quality education to the students adding that the act that established the UL does not give the President the sole right to decide what will be paid as tuition without a collective discussion involving the National Legislature.
Recently, the campus-based Student Unification Party (SUP) Information and Propaganda Officer, Martin Kollie, said that the party would petition the National Legislature to increase the university budget from US$15 Million to US$29 Million to deal with what he calls sub standard education provided at the University.
He noted that the increment would deprive many already suffering students from acquiring education, adding many students depend on scholarship.