Private school fees in Colombia

Should they be regulated?

Project details

  • Client

    Bilingual Schools Association (UCB)
  • Services

    Analysis of competition in primary and secondary education markets in Colombia and proposal of regulatory approach.

  • Team in charge

    Marcela Meléndez

  • Year

  • Categories

Project summary

Law 115 of 1994 classifies Colombian private schools in three categories to determine their first grade tuition fees: monitored freedom, regulated freedom or controlled regime. This classification responds to a self-evaluation completed by each school and/or its ability to obtain quality certifications. The system was conceived to reward good performance with more freedom in fee determination.

Despite the spirit of this regulation and its categories, Resolution 11951 of 2013 of the Ministry of Education, subjected all private schools to a maximum fee increase of 3%. The first goal of this project was to study the merit of this decision. The second, was to design a proposal for private schools‘ fees regulation that would take into account both the competition conditions in eduaction markets and best international practices of private school fees‘ regulation.


  • Product: Consulting report.
  • Presentations: Unión de Colegios Bilingües (UCB), June 2014. Minister of Education of Colombia, August 2014