“This hike will hit us a lot more since a whole year has been added to the honours programme,” said KS Singh, a parent from Patna whose daughter is seeking admission in DU this year.
The colleges, however, say that they have always tried to help students financially and have scholarships and free-ships on need as well as merit basis.
The factor of increased costs has also raised the apprehension that parents will pull out girls within three years — with two-year diploma or three year bachelor’s degree — to avoid extra expenditure and deprive them of a chance to complete a honours degree.
“We have a number of scholarships for students. Corporate houses college free-ships and alumni scholarships are all part of this. Around 15% of all students in the college get some sort of financial aid,” said Rukhsana Shroff, who teaches at Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Similarly, close to 15% students at St Stephen’s College also get financial aid from the college.