San Juan – The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) announced this Wednesday the reduction of the tuition cost for foreign students and non-residents of the island.
Given this, from this academic semester the cost of tuition for these university students will be similar to the amount paid by resident students, explained the president of the UPR, Jorge Haddock, in a press release.
At present, the UPR has an enrollment of 442 international students from countries such as France, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile, there are 1,103 non-resident students, which are those students who have US citizenship and reside outside of Puerto Rico.
The change, however, does not apply to international students and non-residents of the School of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy, programs that are in high demand.
The initiative, which seeks to promote Puerto Rico as an academic destination, according to Haddock, is part of the UPR’s internationalization process, the scope of which will be extended through distance learning.
In addition, it will represent an economic relief for international and non-resident students at the graduate and undergraduate levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the growth of the distance academic offer, we will expand the reach of the UPR globally, providing quality education to the international community at a more accessible cost,” Haddock said in the statement.
“At the same time, we will offer financial support to our international students, who cannot benefit from much available federal and state aid,” he added.
According to Haddock, currently, about 80% of the local students of the institution cover the cost of tuition with scholarships and federal, state and institutional financial aid.
Haddock added that as part of the transformation process at UPR, identifying areas of opportunity and innovation to promote the most competitive institution globally, they will strengthen academic and research programs to increase the recruitment of students inside and outside of Puerto Rico.
The president indicated that this will result in the hiring of teachers.
For his part, the Vice President of Student Affairs, José Perdomo, mentioned that non-resident students who attended graduate programs paid double the cost of credit compared to resident students and international students paid triple.
Along the same lines, Perdomo explained that the non-resident student at the graduate level will have a reduction in the cost of credit of around 49% in savings, while for the international student it would be approximately 66%, depending on the study program and others. factors.
At the undergraduate level, the non-resident student will have a reduction of 30% and the international one about 45%.
Perdomo also highlighted that as part of the initiatives to recruit international and non-resident students on the island, new collaborative agreements and recruitment fairs have been established abroad.
For this reason, he said that as part of the initiatives to expand the international visibility of the UPR and increase student recruitment, the administration reached new agreements with international organizations and countries, such as Brazil and Colombia.
After evaluating the results for a period of two years, the Office of the President shall present a revision of this policy.