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What does the academic term Tuition mean in higher education?


Tuition definition

Short Definition

Tuition is the cost of attending a university, which covers instructional fees and other charges.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: Tuition refers to the fees that students are required to pay for their academic instruction and educational services at a higher education institution. It is the cost associated with attending classes, lectures and receiving guidance from professors and instructors. Tuition fees vary widely depending on the institution, program of study and the student's residency status. These fees are a primary source of revenue for colleges and universities and are used to cover the expenses of faculty salaries, facilities, administrative costs and other educational resources.

Etymology: The word tuition comes from the Latin term "tuitionem", which means guardianship, protection or care. In the context of education, it originally referred to the guidance and supervision provided by teachers and mentors.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • Instructional Fees
  • Education Costs
  • Learning Expenses

Examples of Use:

  • The tuition for the engineering program is higher than that of the liberal arts program.
  • Many students apply for scholarships to help offset the cost of their tuition.
  • Due to budget constraints, the university decided to increase tuition fees for the upcoming academic year.

Spanish: Matrícula
French: Frais de scolarité
German: Studiengebühren
Italian: Tasse universitarie
Portuguese: Mensalidade
Japanese: 授業料 (Jugyōryō)
Chinese (Simplified): 学费 (Xuéfèi)
Hindi: शिक्षा शुल्क (Shiksha Shulk)

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > University financial terms

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