The academic year begins with a unwelcome news for students Sicily: Sicily Region, in fact, approved an increase in the regional tax for the right to education of 55 euro. The university will then pay no more than 85, but well 140 euro : an increase of 60 per cent, difficult to deal with especially in these times of economic crisis.

The reasons for this change are to be found in the Legislative Decree 68/2012, part of which is the adoption of a three-year plan for the “sustainability of all activities” and therefore covers, among the measures that would, also increasing the share regional tuition fees. The decree, however, established the possibility to differentiate the increase of taxation, thus giving the opportunity to the regions to impose a payment of 120, 140 or 160 € (depending on income levels), provided that the decision on the matter had been enacted by June 30, 2012. The Region of Sicily, however, has left to spend this term and is therefore at having to adapt to the dictates of legislation, in this case a set amount of tax lump sum of 140 € without distinction.

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The communication of the increase occurred only at the beginning of September, when many students had already paid for the regional share of tuition fees in the amount originally agreed to 85 euro: will their care, now provide for adjustment with the new figure.

The reactions of the academic world have been challenged by the management of the increase, which prevented differentiate the amount, for fear that the additional revenue is not used to improve the services university, in some cases very minimal: University of Palermo, for example, lack not only computers and WiFi coverage, but even toilet paper in the bathrooms. Students Palermo are then mobilized to collect signatures in order to be able to participate in the management of the new funds, which it is hoped for the benefit of those who live in the university in person.

The issue of tuition fees is not just Sicilian: in 2012 the Union of University Students had already denounced the presence in the country of eight universities characterized by a taxation well above 20 per cent of the Ordinary Fund (FFO): University of Bergamo , University of Insubria , State and Bicocca University of Milan, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia , University of Naples, University of Urbino and Scarify of Venice.

Fortunately, there are also positive examples: first of all that of ‘ University of Turin , which has adopted a system of personal taxation according to economic status of each student, so that tuition fees are properly proportionate to the income of the individual. It is hoped that many universities to adopt similar models in the near future, so that the university will remain a true “right” as they always were.