Blade’s fee plans for next year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - YAZEED KAMALDIEN

MIN­IS­TER of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Blade Nz­i­mande ad­dressed Par­lia­ment ear­lier this week on the “cur­rent univer­sity sit­u­a­tion” af­ter ve­hi­cles were set alight at var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions.

“The stu­dents have put their de­mands firmly on the ta­ble for the coun­try and so­ci­ety to re­spond to and avoid any form of fi­nan­cial ex­clu­sion, par­tic­u­larly for the poor.”

He said his depart­ment had “re­ceived the largest bud­get in­crease in the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year to the tune of R49.2 bil­lion”.

“In 2017 stu­dents from fam­i­lies with an an­nual fam­ily in­come of up to R600 000 will ex­pe­ri­ence no fee in­crease.

“This will ben­e­fit more than 75 per­cent of univer­sity and col­lege stu­dents, and in some in­sti­tu­tions, more than 90 per­cent of stu­dents.

“We have also made ar­range­ments through the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme to pay the reg­is­tra­tion fees for all funded stu­dents in Jan­uary each year.

“Stu­dents from house­holds with an an­nual fam­ily in­come of up to R600 000 will be al­lowed to reg­is­ter with­out pay­ing any up­front or reg­is­tra­tion fees in 2017.

“Gov­ern­ment has also ad­dressed his­tor­i­cal debt of stu­dents. NSFAS qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents who are reg­is­tered in 2016, hav­ing his­tor­i­cal stu­dent debt with in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion will be al­lowed to reg­is­ter in 2017.”

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