Information on Tuition Payments for Full Degree Students

8 Apr 2020

Dear students, dear all,

I hope this email finds you well – and, above all, healthy and in good spirit – in these challenging times.

Let me, please, provide you with some important information.

Some of you have been asking us, since the introduction of the state of emergency and other governmental measures in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, whether the subsequent necessary switch from in-person to online teaching would have any effect on the payment of tuition fees. Some of you have also based their argumentation on other reasons such as job losses and other challenges you might face in the aftermath of the current crisis.

We, the faculty leadership, have deliberated and considered this issue thoroughly and come to the conclusion that we need more time to carefully address all these extraordinary challenges that have arrived so abruptly and unexpectedly. In other words, we need to evaluate the situation with maximum care to be able to make sound decisions. For the time being, we see no reason to either forgo payments of tuition fees, or quickly introduce any fee reductions. We continue fulfilling our academic mission, teaching and providing students with the maximum opportunity to earn credits. Regardless of the transformed character of teaching, we are doing all we can to enable our students to continue learning and moving on their path toward earning their Masaryk University degrees as planned, without any delay and extra spending.  The value of their Masaryk University degree will remain unchanged and high as ever; despite the fact it was earned shortly after the coronavirus pandemic. As the future months, and even years, seem, from the economic point of view, rather difficult and unpredictable, we cannot and will not carry the risk of poorly calculated fee reductions, as these could burden our school, individual departments and programs heavily and further negatively influence their functioning and ability to accomplish all their missions. Moreover, being only one of nine faculties of Masaryk University, we also need to weigh in and coordinate available measures and policies with other partner faculties within the Masaryk University structure.

Please, let me kindly assure you that we will keep doing our best to look for ways and means how to ease your situation in the months to come. At the same time, we will keep you informed of any developments. Please also rest assured that we will enable all students to pay tuition fees in more instalments. This will be addressed on individual basis.

Students unwilling to accept this, may indicate their intent to withdraw from their classes. Once they do so, we will unregister them and their tuition fees will be refunded to them. At the same time, however, they will also have zero credits earned in this spring semester.

As a final note, I’d like to thank you sincerely for your kind understanding and patience. I remain confident in our collective ability to navigate this unprecedented and rapidly-changing situation.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Petr Suchý

Vice-Dean for Internationalization & Student Affairs

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