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HS: Minimum foreign student tuition fee proposal to parliament Thursday

According to Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, a proposal to charge non-EU and non-EEA students a minimum annual tuition fee of 1500 euros for studies at Finnish universities and colleges will be presented to parliament on Thursday.

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Helsingin Sanomat is reporting that on Thursday parliament will review a proposal that non-EU and non-EEA students studying at Finnish universities and colleges pay a minimum annual tuition fee of 1500 euros.

University and college programmes that are not taught in Finnish or Swedish -- there are approximately 400 such programmes -- would be subject to the fees.

According to Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish university and college rectors have agreed with the idea that foreign students should be charged tuition fees, so long as each institution can decide independently the amount that foreign students should pay.

Earlier in the fall the government still considered not instituting a minimum fee. However, the minimum fee is looking like a good option as the ongoing trial during 2014 of tuition payments has shown that a system where institutions of higher learning charge different rates does not work.

If the plan is approved by parliament, minimum tuition fees for non-EU and non-EEA students at Finnish universities and colleges would come into effect for those starting their studies in August 2017.

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