Blade’s fee plans for next year
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.”