The #Feesmustfall campaign gained a lot of publicity in 2015/2016 and although inroads have been made, unfortunately students still have to pay for tertiary education. And as parents we eed to be able to sufficiently make provision for this.
Each university should have a fees booklet that lays out the costs of your studies. Though fee structures can vary from institution to institution, Parent24.com has a very interesting article with the kinds of fees one can expect to pay when a student is registered and attends their first year in University or College.
To give you an idea of what first-year studies cost, we’ve compared the costs of some common degrees, diplomas and certificates from different public and private colleges and universities.
The first-year tuition fees for different degrees
Note: These fees are for 2016, and are for South African citizens only. Different fees apply for international students.
Bachelors of Arts or Social Science (BA or BSocSc)
Accounting (BCom Accounting)
Information Technology (BIT, BTechIT, BScIT or equivalent)
Bachelors of Laws (LLB or BLaws)
Medicine (MBChB or MBBCh)
Social work (B Social Work or BA Social Work)
Engineering (BEng, BSc Engineering or BTech Engineering)
Pre-primary and Primary Education (BEd: Foundation phase)
Graphic design (National Diploma in Graphic Design, BA Graphic Design or Bachelor of Design)
Business Administration and Business Science (B Business Admin, BBusSc or BTech Business Admin)
Educare (National diploma)
Hospitality management (National diploma)
Office Administration (National certificate)
To see how all these fees might add up, let’s look at an example.
A female first-year student wants to study BCom Accounting. She needs full accommodation, with all meals, and is willing to share a room. She has received no bursaries and have no siblings, so no sibling discount applies. She’s a South African citizen.
University of Cape Town
* University’s own estimates
Source: UCT website
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Source: UKZN website