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University fees in 2017 and beyond

The latest information available regarding fees in higher education and at UCT. Read on for official reports and statements.


University fees in 2017 and beyond
USAf statement prior to the NECF Convention
22 March 2017
Universities South Africa released a statement prior to the higher education convention called by the National Education Crisis Forum in March 2017. Read the statement...
UCT’s decision to pilot Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) in 2017
17 February 2017
The UCT executive has engaged student representatives on the institution’s decision to pilot the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) in 2017. Read the media release...
UCT financial appeals process for 2017
16 February 2017
Acting VC Prof Francis Petersen writes to the university community about the financial appeals process for 2017. Read the email...
National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS): registration fees
26 January 2017
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has paid R1.3 billion to 26 public universities to cover registration fees for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Read the press release...
Applying for the government grant for missing middle students
10 January 2017
Details regarding applications for the government grant for missing middle students are now available.
UCT Council agrees on fees for 2017
13 December 2016
UCT Council agrees on tuition and accommodation fee increases for 2017.
VC Dr Max Price proposes a medium-term solution
23 September 2016
VC Dr Max Price proposes a medium-term solution to the fees issue – grants and loans.
Read the Mail & Guardian article...
VC Dr Max Price highlights the need for a long-term solution
22 September 2016
VC Dr Max Price highlights the need for a long-term solution to the fees issue.
Listen to the audio...
UCT to assess minister’s recommendations on university fees
19 September 2016
UCT notes and will assess the minister’s recommendation on university fees.
Read the statement from Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price...
Minister of Higher Education’s framework for university fees
19 September 2016
On 19 September 2016, Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande held a media briefing in which he outlined a framework for university fees in 2017.
Watch his address...
Chair of UCT Council on disruption of the Fees Commission by protesters
7 September 2016
A group of protesters disrupted the sitting of the Fees Commission shortly after the UCT presentation. UCT released a statement to campus on the matter and Mr Sipho Pityana, the chair of the UCT Council, wrote to the commission shortly after the incident.
UCT’s presentation to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (The Fees Commission)
6 September 2016
On 6 September 2016, UCT made a presentation to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (The Fees Commission) on the future funding of higher education: See the presentation...
Read the comprehensive notes...

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price presented UCT’s submission to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (the Fees Commission).
Read the campus announcement...
Vice-Chancellor’s update
28 August 2016
The UCT Vice-Chancellor updates the campus community on the fee issues. Read more...

UCT SRC decision not to shut down campus
17 August 2016
As of 17 August 2016 UCT’s Students’ Representative Council was not in support of countrywide campus shutdowns and decided not to implement a university shutdown. Read more...
Universities South Africa’s statement
14 August 2016
Following a joint consultative meeting on 12 August 2016 between the Minister of Higher Education and Training and the boards of Universities South Africa (USAf) and the University Council Chairs Forum (UCCF), the following statement was published on 14 August 2016. Read more...
Council for Higher Education advice on fee adjustments for 2017
11 August 2016
The Council for Higher Education submitted the following report to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, on 11 August 2016. Read more...
UCT’s report to the commission on funding higher education
8 July 2016
On 8 July 2016 UCT submitted a report to the commission supporting the principle of a cost-sharing model to cater for the cost of public higher education, and showing the extent to which other stakeholders, including the corporate sector and university (through its own resources), contributes towards ensuring that poor and middle-class students are adequately funded. Read more...
FAQ on university funding in South Africa
Universities South Africa (USAf) – formerly Higher Education South Africa (HESA) – has collated a fact sheet detailing how the sector has been severely underfunded for several years.