2017 UCT Fee Hike Only For The Rich And Foreigners – UCT council

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The UCT council says its fee hike for 2017 academic session targets the rich whose family income is above R600‚000 a year and international students.

Announcing its new fee for the next academic session, the university board noted that resident students whose family income is above R600‚000 a year, and those who come in from other countries, are liable for tuition and accommodation fees hike.

The UCT council also blamed the increase on several factors which included inflation‚ salary increases‚ insourcing costs‚ exchange-rate devaluation impacting on libraries and laboratories‚ and rates and utility increases.

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“In the case of residences‚ food inflation at over 11% and insourcing are major cost drivers. But‚ in addition‚ after some years of making a loss in the residence system‚ we are in the middle of a multi-year adjustment plan which requires incremental increases in income above inflation. This is essential in order to pay back loans and to enable us to build a new residence to alleviate the accommodation crisis (like the crisis we experienced in early 2016).” UCT council stated.

The Council further noted that since there was no increase in fees in 2016, the concerned students would have a 4% tuition fee increase per year and a 5% increase per year for accommodation and meals.

“No student accepted on academic grounds will be prevented from studying at UCT for reasons of affordability if they fall into this income group.” the university council noted.

“Those qualifying students who are in private accommodation will receive an increase of 10% in their financial aid allowances to cover expected rental increases. Those in self-catering residences will receive an increase of 10% in food allowances to reflect the inflation in food prices,” he added.

The UCT council mention the SA department of Higher Education and training saying it is committed to providing a grant to each eligible student — National Student Financial Aid Scheme [NSFAS] funded and “missing middle” – to wade off the  8% universities fee increase.



The council on the other hand,  promised to provide an increased financial aid package to eligible students to cover an additional 2% of their accommodation and meal costs‚ which will not be covered by the government grant.

“This means that students on financial aid will not have to pay more than their expected family contribution (EFC)‚ which has been unchanged since 2015.

“Students who are funded by NSFAS will automatically qualify for funding to cover the fee increase‚ while the process to determine qualify

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will also face an 8% increase. This rises to a 10% fee increase for students from outside the SADC.

“This means that students on financial aid will not have to pay more than their expected family contribution (EFC)‚ which has been unchanged since 2015.

“Students who are funded by NSFAS will automatically qualify for funding to cover the fee increase‚ while the process to determine qualify

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Sipho Pityana, the UCT council chair, reiterated the university and management are committed to making higher education more affordable. He said though the campaign for free education is still prominent, the university council would do its best to find a lasting solution to the issue.

“We increase the fees reluctantly‚ but with current government subsidies available to us‚ we have no choice. If we do not increase fees‚ we simply won’t be able to deliver at the same level. We are very pleased‚ however‚ that we are able to protect the poor and missing-middle students from any increases,” Pityana concluded saying.