UFS launches Study-4-Free project

2011-01-25 22:40

Bloemfontein - Former students at the University of the Free State requiring only one or two modules to achieve a degree can complete their studies for free next year, the university said on Tuesday.

The UFS invited all former students between 2005 and 2010 who require one or two modules for the completion of a degree, diploma or certificate to complete their studies for free, under certain conditions.

UFS spokesperson Lacea Loader said in a statement that the invitation formed part of its 'Study-4-Free project'.

Under the project former students with a maximum of two outstanding modules may apply for the opportunity of completing those modules free-of-charge.

This was a once-off offer which would cover only tuition and registration fees.

Loader said students would have to meet certain criteria and apply in order to take part in the "amnesty" offer.

Only former UFS students who were registered between 2005 and 2010 would be considered and the offer was applicable to Bachelors and Honours degrees, diplomas and certificates, with the added condition that the outstanding modules were still part of the university's current curriculum.

When a student is approved to be part of the project, he or she may only complete their outstanding modules during the 2012 academic year.

"If a student should fail for any reason to complete the one or two modules in 2012, they will not be able to take up the offer again," said Loader.

Students who meet the criteria can apply by sending their full name and surname, their UFS student number, the faculty in which they were registered and the name of the outstanding degree, diploma or certificate in question to

The closing date for applications would be July 31 2011.

  • Peter - 2011-01-26 07:01

    This is a generous offer. The opportunity to study for free is seldom extended in the present times and I hope many delegable students will meet the challenge and achieve success.

  • khulumasizwe - 2011-01-26 07:17

    Good initiative, setting example by starting on baby steps, if corporates can sponsor the project further it might just be one of those wonderful ending stories, well done Jonathan, lead the way.

  • BlackSharkkie - 2011-01-26 07:21

    There is nothing for free. Somehow either the tax payers or new students will be sponsering this campaign.

      jannie.debeer - 2011-01-26 07:35

      True, but we need these students to graduate. It is money well spent.

      robertgunning - 2011-01-26 08:18

      I have no problem with that. Consider it money well spent.

  • Will99 - 2011-01-26 07:29

    Sounds good, but who is going to cover the costs?

  • The_Truth - 2011-01-26 07:44

    Crap. If there are students as far back as 2005 who require 2 modules to complete their degree, and have not done so up to now, then they do not want or deserve the degree. Keep them out of the "system"

      robertgunning - 2011-01-26 08:20

      Maybe they were unable to afford to finish, had transport problems, health issues, family issues, etc.

      The_Truth - 2011-01-26 08:46

      @robertgunning. Shame, my heart bleeds for them. Transport problems for 5 years? Health issuues, maybe HIV/AIDS, then it's their own fault. Family issues, charity begins at home.

      Colourblind - 2011-01-26 09:20

      That is harsh man. What if a person had a bursary which got retracted when they failed to graduate and since then they've been working a minimum wage job just trying to save enough to go back and finish? 5 years is not a long time when you need to scrape together R5000 in tough economic times earning next to nothing. This is a wonderful initiative by Prof Jansen and I for one applaud this their out of the box thinking in this initiative. I hope it bears fruit but even if it doesn't it is very admirable.

      Shistirrer - 2011-01-26 10:06

      @The_Truth: How does one get to be like you are? You must have led a sad, sorry life. Just because you've got no education, doesn't mean you have to deny it to other people! You are a d@@s. And THAT's the truth.

  • - 2011-01-26 14:24

    Well done UFS. This generous offer in spite of Rector Jansen being berated by certain quarters for concessions made to some silly students earlier. Wat se hulle nou??

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