The University of the Witwatersrand says that in addition to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s support of NSFAS and ‘missing middle’ students, it will allow those with debt less than R10 000 to register.
The decision, it says, has been made with the current economic climate in mind, and it has taken the financial pressure on students and their families into account.
The DHET has previously declared that it will cover the 8% fee increase for all students with a combined family income of less than R600 000. Wits notes, however, that this is all it can do while remaining financially stable.
“We believe that these financial concessions will enable the majority of students at Wits to register for the 2017 academic year,” it says. “It must be noted that the University, in granting assistance, must do so in accordance with the legislative framework governing the granting of credit by educational institutions.”
For those with a higher amount of debt, they will first be required to pay off half of it, before entering into a payment plan with the university for the rest.
Furthermore, Wits and its Student Representative Council will continue to seek funding for bursaries and the like, having administered R1-billion in financial aid last year.