University of Johannesburg pledges to assist poorer students with fees

2016-01-10 16:48
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The University of Johannesburg on Sunday pledged to assist students who struggle with tuition costs – but warned that registration and student fees must be paid by those who can afford to do so.

The institution said in a statement that with the exception of students who qualified for aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), all students would be required to pay registration and student fees.

Support would also be provided to those who struggled with costs, via the University’s SRC Trust Fund.

"This has increased significantly for 2016 to accommodate up to 15 000 students – three times the number in past years – who cannot afford to pay their registration fees."

The university said students in debt must make payment arrangements.

"In respect of NSFAS qualifying students' historic debt, and in line with the President's announcement regarding the state's intention to cover such debt accumulated during 2013, 2014 and 2015, NSFAS qualifying students will not be required to pay outstanding debt accumulated during this period."

UJ also warned that no disruptions to the start of the academic year would be allowed.

"As always, and in line with the University’s student regulations, there will be room for peaceful protest."

The University is set to begin registration processes on Monday.

Almost 50 000 students are expected to partake in the new academic year.

"We are determined that learning and teaching will proceed as planned from the first day of term,  Professor Ihron Rensburg, vice chancellor and principal of the university said in the statement.

In October last year, universities across the country embarked on nationwide student protests against the rising cost of tertiary education.

The University of Johannesburg was one of the sites where the #feesmustfall campaign took root.

Towards the end of the month, President Jacob Zuma announced that university fees would not increase in 2016.

Read more on:    uj  |  johannesburg  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.