Nigerian Government Increases School Fees for New Students in Federal Unity Colleges

…By Larry John for TDPel Media. The Nigerian government has recently implemented a significant increase in school fees for new students enrolling in Federal Unity Colleges.


The directive to raise the fees to ₦100,000 was officially confirmed by the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education.

This move, outlined in a circular with reference number ADF/120/DSSE/I, dated 25th May 2023, affects all Principals of Federal Unity Colleges.

The new fees represent a substantial rise from the previous amount of N45,000, indicating a substantial impact on various aspects and activities within the schools.


Increased School Fees for New Students:

The circular explicitly states that new students admitted into Federal Unity Colleges will now be required to pay ₦100,000 as their school fees.

This amount significantly surpasses the previous fee of N45,000, signifying a considerable financial burden for incoming students and their families.

The increased fees encompass various elements, including tuition and boarding fees, uniform expenses, textbooks, deposits, exercise books, prospectus, caution fee, ID card, stationery, fees related to clubs and societies, sports activities, extra lessons, insurance, and more.

Comprehensive Impact on School Activities:

The directive issued by the Federal Ministry of Education highlights the far-reaching effects of the fee increment on various aspects of school life.

With the fees rising substantially, all aspects and activities within the Federal Unity Colleges are expected to be impacted.


From the academic realm, including tuition and textbooks, to practical considerations like boarding expenses and uniform costs, students and parents will have to adjust to the increased financial commitments.

Ministry’s Approval of Specific Fees and Charges:

The memo accompanying the circular clarifies that the Ministry of Education has only approved certain fees and charges for all Unity Colleges.

It appears that the decision to increase the fees was thoroughly evaluated and sanctioned by the relevant authorities.

However, the specifics of the approved fees and charges were not mentioned in the provided information.

As such, it remains crucial for parents, students, and school authorities to have access to a comprehensive breakdown of the approved fees to understand the full scope of the financial changes.



The Nigerian government’s decision to raise the school fees for new students in Federal Unity Colleges to ₦100,000, as confirmed by the directive from the Office of the Director of Senior Secondary Education Department of the Federal Ministry of Education, signifies a significant financial adjustment for incoming students and their families.

The substantial increase is expected to have a comprehensive impact on various aspects of school life, ranging from academic expenses to boarding and extracurricular costs.

While the Ministry has approved specific fees and charges for Unity Colleges, further details are necessary to fully comprehend the implications of this fee increment.

As the academic year approaches, students, parents, and school authorities must be adequately prepared to accommodate these changes in their financial planning.


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