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Is NOUN school Fees Expensive? A Comparative Analysis.

National open university Nigeria

NOUN or National open university Nigeria is an open and distant learning federal institution. The NOUN federal university is one of the first of its kind in West Africa. This institution has over 515,000 students, the largest in the country. 

The university started fully functioning in 2001 after its suspension on 25 April 1984. NOUN was headquartered in Lagos before it moved to Abuja in 2016. There are over 75 study centres in the county, which offers over 50 programmes and 750 courses.

In 2015 in the list of Top 100 Nigerian universities released by Webometrics, the National Open University came in 23rd.

Some of their facilities include an e-library, e-courseware, radio station, Virtual classroom and so much more. One of the best things about the NOUN open university is that it is immune to strikes, which means you can complete your course of study in the exact time given to you.

Comparing NOUN school fees to Federal University school fees

In this section, we are going to take a look at NOUN school fees and compare it to the top three federal Universities in Nigeria. 

This is a detailed list of NOUN current Tuition Fees.

Undergraduate Payment Schedule(new student)

  1. Registration Fees – 6,000.00
  2.  Caution Deposit -3,500.00
  3. Orientation Fees -1,500.00
  4.  Matriculation Fees -1,500.00
  5. I.D. Card -500.00
  6. Library Fees -3,000.00
  7. ICT Administrative Charges -5.000.00
  8. E-Facilitation -4,000.00
  9. Jamb Regularization -6,000.00
  10. Result/ Verification -5,000.00

  Total compulsory Fees 36,000.00

Undergraduate Payment Schedule (Returning Students)

  1. Registration Fees -6,000.00
  2. Caution Deposit  
  3. Orientation Fees  
  4. Matriculation Fees  
  5. I.D. Card  
  6. Library Fees -3,000.00
  7. ICT Administrative Charges -5,000.00
  8. E-Facilitation -4,000.00
  9. Jamb Regularization  
  10. Result Verification  

  Total compulsory Fees 18,000.00

 

Postgraduates New Students

  1. Registration Fees -6,000.00
  2. Caution Deposit -3,500.00
  3. Orientation Fees -1,500.00
  4. Matriculation Fees -1,500.00
  5. I.D. Card -500.00
  6. Library Fees -3,000.00
  7. ICT Administrative Charges -5,000.0
  8. E-Facilitation -4,000.00
  9. Result Verification -10,000.00

  Total compulsory Fees 35,000.00

Postgraduates Returning Students

  1. Registration Fees -6,000.00
  2. Caution Deposit  
  3. Orientation Fees  
  4. Matriculation Fees  
  5. I.D. Card  
  6. Library Fees -3,000.00
  7. ICT Administrative Charges -5,000.00
  8. E-Facilitation -4,000.00
  9. Result Verification  

  Total compulsory Fees 18,000.00

Now let’s compare these fees to the fees of the top three federal universities in Nigeria. These Universities are the University of Lagos(UNILAG), the University of Ibadan(IB), and the University of Nigeria(UNN).

1. University of Lagos (Fresh students): 

  1. Science students: -N66,000.00
  2. Non Science Student: -N56,000.00

1.1 University of Lagos (Returning Students)

  1. Science students: -N19,500.00
  2. Non Science Student: -N14,500.00

 2. University of Nigeria, Nsukka 

The school fees for the University of Nigeria varies with the department. The range of the school fees for New students is N71,000 – 77,000. While for returning students, the range is from N45,000-52,000.

3. University of Ibadan

The school fees for the University of Ibadan varies with the department. The range of the school fees for New students is N22,000 – 30,000.

While for returning students, the range is from N17,000-36,000. The fee for their Direct Entry (DE) is N22,000-40,000.

Conclusion

Now looking at the fees of NOUN and the three federal Universities, you can see that the NOUN fee is quite low. The three Federal universities mentioned are some of the best in the country and the ones with the lowest fees.

Comparing NOUN school Fees to State University School fees

Now let’s compare these fees to the fees of the top state universities in Nigeria. These Universities are Rivers State university of science and technology (RSUST), Lagos state university (LASU).

1. Rivers State university of science and technology (RSUST)

The school fees for Rivers State university varies with the indigene and department. The range of the school fees for New indigenous students is N65,000- N85,000.

The range of the school fees for New non-indigenous students is N115,000- N145,000.

While for returning indigenous students, the range is from N50,000-75,000 and for returning non-indigenous it ranges from N85,000-125,000.

2. Lagos state university (LASU)

The school fees for Lagos state university varies with the department. The range of the school fees for New students is N85,000 – 115,000.

While for returning students, the range is from N86,000-145,000.

If you look at these fees and compare them to NOUN fees, you can see that the NOUN fee is still low.

Comparing NOUN school fees to Private Universities

Private schools in Nigeria are expensive, the fees range from N300,000 to N500,000. Compared to NOUN, private schools are more expensive.

Which is the cheapest option between NOUN, State, Private and Federal schools and WHY

If you are ranking based on school fees, you will see that NOUN is very competitive. NOUN fees are low and still deliver top-quality education.

So in terms of price to value, NOUN does a very good job.

One of the reasons NOUN fees is Low is because of the use of fewer resources than the rest.

To sum up, online learning like NOUN is a more affordable option, as you’ll get a high-quality education at a much lower cost due to the lower overhead needed to operate these programs.

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