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Directions on Tuition and Accommodation Fees for 2020 Drawn Up

October 6, 2020

Department of Higher Education and Training

Directions for a national framework for tuition and accommodation fees for academic year 2020 in public higher education institutions have been drawn up.

The higher education and training department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43772.

They were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The aim of the Directions is to prescribe the temporary payment and cash flow measures or steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 on the public higher education sector.

Identified areas include the payment of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances to students, payment of university managed accommodation fees for the 2020 and 2021 academic years, payment of accommodation fees for those living in private accommodation and the payment of tuition fees.

The Directions also seek to alleviate the financial strain on institutions, NSFAS, private fee-paying individuals and private accommodation providers.

The Directions point out that the 2020 academic year will be extended and is likely to only be completed in the first part of 2021.

The Directions focus on tuition fees, accommodation fees and NSFAS allowances for accommodation.

As regards tuition fees, the Directions stipulate that the cost for tuition should remain the same for the 2020 academic year “regardless of the timeframe for a student to complete and the mode of delivery for completion”.

In terms of accommodation fees, the cost for university-owned accommodation remains at the same level for the academic year capped to end of March 2021.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.