Pinnacle Educational Research & Development

(ISSN: 2360-9494)

November 2018, Vol. 6 (4).

© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Students’ Perception about the Impact of Introducing Tuition Fees to Higher Education in Saudi Arabia

Norah Khalid Alfawaz

Dublin City University Business School.

Accepted 28 November, 2018; Available Online 30 November, 2018.


In 2016, Saudi Arabia adopted vision 2030 which aims to provide prosperity for citizens whether in education, employment, health, housing, entertainment and other advanced services. To achieve this vision, twelve programs were developed including the privatization program which targets many sectors, one of which is the education sector. The privatization of the education sector aims at increasing the educational competence and improving students' skills and knowledge, and curriculum, in order to match the requirements of the labour market. Since privatization often coincides with the introducing of tuition fees for students, this study aims to measure the perception of students about the impact of introducing tuition fees to higher education in Saudi Arabia, both in terms of students' access to education and in terms of the impact of this decision on society and economy. Students' perceptions were measured by a survey of 416 students from all state universities across Saudi Arabia. The study found that students' perception about access to education is not affected by family size and family income. It also found that students do not see gender as a factor that affects students' access to education. Moreover, the study found a higher tendency for female students to work to fund their education if tuition fees were introduced to higher education. On the other hand, students believe that access to education affects the contribution of individuals to society and the level of awareness of society.

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