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Private School Tuition Competes with Elite Universities

Beyazıt Şenbük – ISTANBUL

Private school fees rival those of top universities

Educational institutions in Turkey have introduced staggering registration fees for the upcoming academic year of 2024-2025, competing with renowned establishments globally like Oxford, Harvard, and Yale.

As per the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education for private schools, the maximum fee for intermediate classes is determined by the PPI-CPI formula, resulting in a substantial 56 percent surge. However, schools have the autonomy to establish fees for grades 1, 5, and 9, leading to a significant disparity in costs across different institutions.

Some schools are approaching fees close to 1.5 million Turkish Liras (\(46,350), with the average educational expenses for students in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir ranging from 200,000 liras (\)6,180) to 450,000 liras ($13,903). Additional expenses like meals and VAT further escalate the financial burden on parents, with certain institutions surpassing the 1 million lira mark.

For example, Saint Joseph’s has announced a registration fee of 675,000 liras, offering payment options of 712,000 liras in four installments or 750,000 liras in eight installments. Similarly, Saint-Michel French High School mandates an upfront payment of 539,000 liras, which increases to 549,000 liras if paid in full via credit card.

Certain schools highlight the future advantages of their educational curricula, noting that graduates often secure scholarships at prestigious universities worldwide, including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

They also reference financial projections provided by state institutions to justify the adjustments in tuition fees based on economic conditions.

Comparatively, the total expenses for attending the aforementioned universities range from 2.5 million to 3 million liras when considering additional costs like accommodation and meals.