A Hungarian news outlet focusing on education issues collected the tuition fee rises in higher education. The findings are devastating. Eduline.hu argues that institutions of higher education are forced to increase their tuition fees because of the energy crisis. That is why winter breaks are longer in Hungary in the 2022/2023 academic year and why students will have to pay much more for their studies from this September. Below you may read the details.
According to eduline.hu, multiple universities are to increase tuition fees significantly. The “victims” in that respect are the economic majors, while you will not have to pay more if you plan to study arts, IT, engineering or medicine.
In February 2022, the deadline for application for the 2022/2023 academic year in Hungary, more than 28 thousand people wanted to continue their studies in economics. That is one of the most popular academic fields in Hungary. For example, the most popular program has been business management for years, and thousands would like to study that. However, tuition fees are to increase there the most.
An unnamed rural university will increase the tuition fee by HUF 25 thousand (EUR 63.2) per semester. The same is true for the trade and marketing, finance and accounting programs at that university. However, there are universities where these studies will cost HUF 80 thousand (EUR 202) each semester from this September.
The national average rise is around HUF 40-50 thousand (EUR 100-130). That means an extra HUF 300-350 thousand (EUR 800-850) financial burden for the students until they finish the 7-semester-long programs. The tuition fee for business management will be between HUF 280-550 thousand per semester (EUR 710-1,400) in Budapest. Meanwhile, that range will be between HUF 225-350 thousand at the rural universities. At some small rural institutions of higher education, the tuition fee will only be HUF 200,000 from this autumn.
Some law schools will also increase their tuition fee. In Budapest, prices will not change, but at universities in the country, students will have to pay HUF 10-15 thousand (EUR 30-40) more per semester. As a result, the average law school tuition fees will be between HUF 270-300 thousand per semester (EUR 680-710).
In the case of arts, IT, engineering, medicine, and teacher programs, tuition fees will remain unchanged. For example, medical schools are the most expensive in Hungarian higher education. They cost HUF 1.350 million (EUR 3,410) per semester.