After campaigns such as #FeesMustFall the cost of South African universities was increasingly under the spotlight and for a while it had a major influence on universities, but costs have always been and will always be one of the biggest considerations when you are planning to send your child to university.
Solidarity Helping Hand’s Study Fund Centre’s (SFS) research report on prices at different universities in South Africa indicated that the cost of some fields of study can be almost double the price of the same field of study at a different university.
“A B.Com degree at the University of Cape Town costs almost double the price of the same degree at the University of the Free State, while an LLB degree at one university costs approximately R20 000 more expensive per year, than the same degree at another university,” said Stefan Pieterse, Head of SFS.
Pieterse recommends prospective students and their parents or guardians to do their homework carefully when they are considering tertiary institutions of their choice.
From SFS’s research, the University of Cape Town is clearly the most expensive on average, and the University of the Free State is the most affordable university.
The academic cost per year per degree (2018)
|University of Cape Town
|University of the Witwatersrand
|University of Stellenbosch
|University of Pretoria
|University of Johannesburg
|University of the Free State
However, the cost per course isn’t the only factor that should be considered when prospective students must decide at which institution they are going to build on their future.
“Campaigns like #FeesMustFall, #AfrikaansMustFall, unsafe campuses, the abolition of healthy student traditions and the flaring up of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is busy changing universities as we once knew it, forever,” added Pieterse.
“They also want to make better use of computer and internet technology when studying. This explains the enormous growth at tertiary institutions such as Akademia,” concluded Pieterse.
Students want to be free, safe and prosperous, but they also want to belong somewhere where their culture and language is treasured.