Application fees waived

2015-09-02 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – The University of the Free State (UFS) has waived application fees for all prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to study at the institution in 2016.

“Universities charge application fees that vary in amount. With 25 universities in South Africa, this fee becomes a burden for students who want to apply to more than one university. The university leadership has also realised that tens of thousands of students who qualify for university entrance stumble at the first hurdle: finding the money to apply,” says Prof. Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor and rector.

According to Jansen, the UFS would like to set an example and a challenge to all public universities to scrap the application fee, so that more young people from poor communities can access higher education. At the same time, the universities will benefit from more top talent coming into higher learning.

Prospective students who have already applied for admission in 2016 will not be refunded. However, students who have already registered successfully for 2016 may apply to have the application fee credited to their tuition fee account after they have registered next year.

All prospective students doing their final-year undergraduate studies at the UFS or any other university will also pay no registration fee if they want to continue with an Honours degree in 2016.

The closing date for applications for admission is 30 September. To apply for undergraduate or postgraduate studies at the UFS in 2016, go to Call 058-718-5022

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