'Large groups of students wont be affected by UCT fee increase'

Earlier this month, the University of Cape Town (UCT) announced that there will be tuition increase of 8%, an accommodation increase of 10% for residences, and a 12% increase for residence meal options for 2018 at the institution.

This announcement came shortly after the presidency announced tha poor and working class students would have their educations subsidised by the government. This includes those attending TVET Colleges and students from South African households with a combined annual income of up to R350 000 who will be beginning first year in 2018.

READ: JZ's free education plan in line with task team's proposal - Higher Education DG

Prof Daya Reddy Acting Vice Chancellor at UCT says that these increased number was carefully considered over months, with various organisations in the university including the student council.

All of this had to take place in a context with complete uncertainty. Even with, I should say with the presidents announcement, there remains uncertainty to how, and whether it will be implemented.

Prof Daya Reddy, Acting Vice Chancellor at UCT

Reddy says that even thought the fees are increasing in various aspects of the institution, there will be a large number of students who will not be affected. READ: NSFAS: We need more clarity on free education funding

Students who are on NSFAS funding or who are eligible for that, will receive that and they will not suffer the increase.

Prof Daya Reddy, Acting Vice Chancellor at UCT

UCT will in addition, as it has done in the past, top up where appropriate, so they have, what we regard as a full cost scholarship or bursary.

Prof Daya Reddy, Acting Vice Chancellor at UCT

For students who fall in the missing middle, who do not qualify for NSFAS funding but come from households below R600 000 a year, Redd says the university will continue to provide financial aid.

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