- Universities have been given the green light to increase their fees by 8%
- The increase would only affect families earning over R600 000 per annum
- The deputy minister of higher education has confirmed that deserving students will receive a free education
Universities South Africa has allowed universities to increase their tuition by 8% for 2018. This has been approved in order to cover inflation.
This does not mean that all universities will adopt the same percent. Some might choose to increase their tuition by less for this academic year.
Briefly.co.za learned that in December 2017 Jacob Zuma announced that families earning over R600 000 would have to pay increased tuition fees. Households under the threshold would not be liable to pay the increases as part of his free education plan.
The University of Cape Town has published is fee increment and has opted to increase its fees 8% according to iol.co.za.
University of KwaZulu-Natal's fees shows that they have not increased their much from last year managing to keep their rates fairly flat.
Some courses have increased in price while others have dropped, for example, the engineering degree has become more expensive while the BCom has dropped in price.
The University of Johannesburg has decided to keep their fees the same as last year but would charge those students whose families earn more than R600 000 an extra 8%. Only 14% of the students at UJ fall into this category. Rhodes University has increased its fees by 8%.
The Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela has said that those students who deserve a free education will receive one.
He affirmed Zuma's announcement that free education would be given to those who deserve it. He said that the decision was not taken on a whim but was based on research conducted by the higher education, finance, science and technology and state security departments after the Heher Commission had completed its investigation on the matter.
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