Law school tuition going up

Tuition rates for non-Caymanians attending classes at the Cayman Islands Law School will be going up as of 1 September, prior to the start of the new school term.

Annual tuition for all non-Caymanian law students will go from $12,000 per year to $14,000 per year. That change will affect all non-Caymanian students, both new and returning, according to school Director Mitchell Davies.

Tuition for Caymanians, spouses of Caymanians, and those who have been legally resident in Cayman for 10 years will remain at $6,000.

“There hasn’t been a tuition increase in several years, and it was considered prudent that a small increase be approved to assist the school’s general revenue,” Mr. Davies said.

Also increasing are rates charged to non-Caymanian students taking individual subjects and those non-Caymanian residents attending part-time degree studies.

However, those rates will change only for students who begin attending the school on 1 September. Current students attending individual classes and part-time degree studies will be “grandfathered” in, according to Mr. Davies.

The tuition for part-time degree courses per academic year for all students is $1,500. On 1 September, those costs will increase to $3,500 per academic year for new students.

For individual courses, costs will increase from $3,000 to $3,500 per subject taken by new non-Caymanian students. Costs for Caymanian students in both the part-time and individual course subjects will remain at $1,500.

The Cayman Islands Law School is run by the attorney general’s chambers and is considered a government department, Mr. Davies said. It is not a separate authority or entity with a governing board, such as the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Tuition fees for professional practice courses and general application fees have not increased, according to a list of those fees made public this week.