UKZN announces 2017 fees increase

UKZN announces 2017 fees increase

The University of KwaZulu-Natal will increase fees by 8% for the 2017 academic year.

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The increase has been approved by the university's Council.

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In a statement issued by management today, UKZN said the 8% increase will apply to tuition and accommodation in residences. 

The university says only 30% of their students will be affected by the fee hike. 

The rest - who are students studying with state funding, and those whose annual household incomes do not exceed R600 000 - will be exempt from the increase, as it will be covered by the Department of Higher Education, and NSFAS.

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UKZN says while it recognizes the financial difficulties of some students, it also needs to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institution.

The announcement comes after Wits University said on Monday that fees at the institution will be going up by 8% in 2017.

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