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Osorhor Ogenevwegba Michael
Delta state polytechnic otefe oghara ( DESPO )
Graduate, Nigeria.
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For Undergraduate programme:

Choose State universities. Just get one, and get it fast. Federal universities are extremely competitive. UNILORIN selected less than 11,000 applicants out of 104,000 in 2018.[1] While most State universities select 10,000 out of 15,000 applicants. Federal universities get funding from the Federal Government while State universities receive little support from the State Government and rely mostly on students’ fees to pay salaries. So, your chances are higher in State universities for admission but with higher fees. Just get your first degree and read wide as an undergraduate by joining MOOCs (i.e edX, Cousera, etc.,) to brush-up whatever you learn in a State University.

For PGD/PGDE Programme

Choose Federal universities. They are better and cheaper but slower than State universities. It will also broaden your horizon and give you a strong background to further your postgraduate studies.

For Master’s Programme

Choose between Private or Federal universities. At this level, avoid State universities. They could be expensive than private universities, not in tuition fees, but low research output due to poor funding, uninteresting seminars as a result of weak infrastructure, and sometimes poor pedagogy due to the frustration of lecturers who teach several undergraduate courses. Put together, an average Master student spends around 36-40 months in a State University; 30–36 months in a Federal University and just 18–24 months in a Private University. In terms of cost, the full tuition for 18-months Master’s programme at a Private University is from N700,000 to 1 million. For State Universities, tuition is around N150,000 per annum multiplied by the number of years (average 3–4 years = N450k to N600k). In the end, time wastage and loss of job opportunities can be more expensive. In a Federal University, tuition is around N70,000 per annum multiplied by the number of years (average 3 years = N210k). So, choose between Private or Federal universities for your Master’s programme.

For M.Phil/Ph.D. Programme

Choose between federal universities or travel out of the country for your M.Phil/P.hD. For outside the country, I recommend Estonia and Germany because P.hD is tuition-free there. I also recommend New Zealand, though, with N2 million tuition, you will be given the opportunity to come with your family which allows your spouse to work (and earn money) on your visa and your children attends free school up to the age of 18 years. To get a doctorate degree in Nigeria, you will spend a minimum of 3 years and an unlimited number of years. It comes with a high cost at a Private University (800k per annum x 3 years = 2.4 million. This is minus the cost of research. So, a 4-year M.Phil/P.hD at a private university will cost you a minimum of 3.5 million. In a Federal University, total tuition fee for a 4-year P.hD (excluding M.Phil) is N500k minus the cost of research. Hence, you’ll spend between N1.5 million to N2.5 million for a 5-year M.Phil/P.hD in a Federal University. The caveat is that P.hD programme in Nigeria is complex and depends on the relationship between the candidate and the supervisor; and, the relationship between the supervisor and the big-wigs in the department. Doing PhD at State universities is not totally bad, it largely depends on the patience of the candidate with the supervisor who is overloaded with work and is under pressure to do the job of 5 lecturers as a single person.

This is based on personal research and may not represent what others have experienced.

Source www.quora.com/What-are-the-cheapest-universities-in-Nigeria
Cheapest Universities In Nigeria? - Universities

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