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HOW MUCH IT COSTS FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENT IN SA IN 2018
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In December 2017, hot on the heels of the #Feesmustfall campaign, then-president Jacob Zuma made the shock announcement that government will subsidise free higher education for poor and working class students who come from households with a combined annual income of R350,000 or less, starting in 2018. 

Zuma also made provision for “the missing middle” students – those from households earning up to R600 000 annually – to have their 2018 fee increase paid for by the state through gap grant funding.  While president Cyril Ramaphosa’s government grapples with the enormity and practicality of Zuma’s announcement, students whose combined family income exceeds R600 000 per year will unfortunately still have to pay for their tertiary education for the foreseeable future. Exactly how much will depend on your chosen course and institution. 

Most universities and colleges have a detailed fees booklet that lays out the costs of your studies. Though fee structures can vary from institution to institution, here are some of the common costs of the first year.

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