In Nigeria, many churches are into the educational sector, so it is not strange to see churches build schools, either primary schools, secondary or even institutions of higher learning. What is strange however is the fact that most of these institutions which turn out to be private universities, turn around and charge fees that are well out of the reach of the average Nigerian. So what then happens is that church members whose tithes and offerings went into the building of the universities will not be able in the long run to afford to send their children to those schools. Here are some examples of such schools:
1. Bowen university
Bowen University is owned and operated by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Located at Iwo in Osun state.
For Bowen university their school fees are as follows:
– For students in B.A. and B. Sc. Programmes, a minimum of N300,000 must be paid from the session fees in the first semester before registration.
– For students in the law faculty, a minimum of N 500,000 must be paid from the session fees in the first semester before registration.
– For students in the medicine and surgery department (pre-clinical) , all fees and levies must be fully paid at the beginning of the first semester while a minimum of N 800,000 must be paid before registration.
– For students in the medicine and surgery department (clinical) , all fees and levies must be fully paid at the beginning of the first semester while a minimum of N 1,000,000 must be paid before registration.
2. Covenant university
Covenant University is a private Christian university and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It located in Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria. For Covenant university the school fees ranges from N774, 500 for courses such as Banking an Finance, Economic and Development studies, Business management and so on to to N814,000 for engineering programmes and Architecture.
3. Benson Idahosa university
The Benson Idahosa University (BIU) is a private, Christian university in Benin City. At Benson Idahosa university the students of Agriculture pay the lowest fees, which is N278,000 per session in their final year, while students of law pay as much as N1,150,000 in their first year and N643,800 by their final year. Mathematics students pay N583,000 per session.
4. Babcock university
Babcock University is a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist church in Nigeria. In Babcock university, education program students pay the lowest school fees which is N244,000 per session, while the highest paying students are Accounting, Nursing science and Computer science students who pay as much as N482,000 in their first year alone.
5. Redeemer’s University
Redeemer’s University was established in 2005, and it is owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God. It is located at Ede, off Gbongan-Oshogbo Road, Osun state, Nigeria. At Redeemer’s university, admission fees alone run into N110,000 in the first year. With tuition fees and other fees running into N695,000 in the first year alone.
6. Ajayi Crowther university
The Ajayi Crowther university is located in Oyo state, Nigeria. The university was established by the Supra Diocesan Board , West of the Church of Nigeria popularly known as the Anglican Communion. The faculty of humanities in the Ajayi Crother university pays as much as N395,000 per session and it happens to be the lowest. The faculty of law students pay N690,000 in tuition fees every session.
7. Madonna university
Madonna university is a private catholic university in Nigeria. It was founded on May 10, 1999 in Okija, Anambra state. In Madonna, medicine students pay as much as N925,000 in their first year’s first semester alone. In the second semester they pay N575,000, which brings the total they pay in their first year to about N1,490,000.