St. Petersburg Has Russia’s Most Affordable Higher Education

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St. Petersburg was recognised as the city with the most affordable higher education, TASS reported, quoting research results from the Institute of Education at the Higher School of Economics.

The Amur region was the second most affordable, while the Vologda region finished third.

The study took into account not only the cost of education but also accommodation expenses. “Lack of financial support, poorly developed university infrastructure, high costs of education and a limited number of tuition waivers in a region reduce the number of university applicants from low-income families,” the report stated.

Higher education is most expensive in Moscow and the Moscow region as well as in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the Kamchatka region, and the Tyumen and Nizhny Novgorod regions.

St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region have the greatest number of colleges and universities with average student results exceeding 70 on Russia’s Unified State Examination (64.7% of all first-year students), followed by Tomsk (56.9%) and Sverdlovsk (47.2%), while 38.1% of students in Moscow and the Moscow region scored over 70. The report noted that in 29 regions, the average score for students on the Unified State Examination was less than 70 at all institutions of higher education.