Tsholofelo Wesi
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26 Oct 2015
12:34 pm

Registration fees for needy students ‘fall’ at Tuks

Tsholofelo Wesi

University of Pretoria has announced that needy students will not have to pay registration fees when registering for 2016. 

The humanities building at the University of Pretoria. Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Alet Pretorius

“Students who qualify for NSFAS funding, students who submit letters from sponsors, and financially needy students who make the necessary financial arrangements with the university will be allowed to register without paying the initial fee on registration, provided that they meet all other criteria,” Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey said in a statement.

“In addition, students in financial need who have outstanding residence fees will be considered individually for assistance should they meet all other residence placement criteria. Also, for students in financial need, the application fee will not be payable during 2016 for the 2017 academic year.”

This comes as civil-rights organisations AfriForum on Monday morning headed to Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the presidency regarding the fees protest.

According to AfriForum Youth spokesperson Ian Cameron, the #feesmustfall campaign does not represent the interests of all students. Therefore AfriForum Youth representatives from all four historically Afrikaans universities will pay a visit to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

There would be no increase in 2016 in UP’s fees for all undergraduate, postgraduate and international students and that there would also be no increase in residence accommodation fees, meal fees and any initial payments, De La Rey added.