18 Oct 2011

University to increase fees next year

6:22 am on 18 October 2011

The University of Auckland Council has voted to put up domestic student fees by 4% next year.

International student fees will also rise, by 5% in 2013.

Protesters occupied the university clock tower on Monday night in an attempt to stop the council voting for a fee rise.

Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon says the university faces a shortfall of funding each year and it either has to increase fees or reduce its services and staff.

But Student Association president Joe McCrory says the rising cost of a tertiary education is driving the country's best graduates overseas.