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Public universities may charge for specialization course

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) has acknowledged, in an extraordinary session on Wednesday morning (26), the possibility of public universities charging for specialization courses. By majority vote, the Justices approved Extraordinary Appeal (RE) 597854, with general repercussion acknowledged.

In the appeal, the Federal University of Goiás questioned the judgment of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region (TRF-1) that considered unconstitutional the monthly fee for the frequency of a post-graduation course lato sensu in Constitutional Law, in view of the constitutional guarantee of free public education, predicted in article 206, item IV, of the Federal Constitution (CF).

The thesis approved by the Plenary notes that "the constitutional guarantee of gratuity of teaching does not prevent the collection, by public universities, of tuition fees in specialization courses". The rapporteur for the appeal, Justice Edson Fachin, pointed out that, in the Federal Constitution, there is differentiation between teaching, research and extension and the forecast of a percentage of the revenue of the federation units for the maintenance and development of public education.

Read more:  Universidades públicas podem cobrar por curso de especialização

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