Student credit management

UWC has the lowest tuition fees in the Western Cape. However, higher education is expensive. This section covers what you need to budget for as you plan to study at UWC, and how you can manage.

What to budget for
You need to budget for fees, books, accommodation, meals, transport and personal expenses (clothing, toiletries, medical expenses, entertainment etc.). The total for all those items for a full programme for one academic year will be approximately R80 000 in 2016. Some programmes, such as Dentistry, cost more.
Of course, if you are staying at home and do not have to pay for accommodation and meals, your expenses will drop by about R30 000, leaving you with about R50 000 required. For most people, that is still a large sum of money.
The council of the University of the Western Cape reserves the right to amend all fees without prior notice.
Tuition fees are charged per module within a prescribed programme. Students who register for more or fewer that prescribed , will be charged accordingly.

To calculate an estimation of what your modules will cost you please visit our ACADEMIC PROGRAMME and select the programme to view the costs associated with the modules.
How can you afford it?
Read the next chapter of this prospectus, which discusses student financial assistance: scholarships, bursaries and loans. Look also at the section below on Saving yourself some money. These sections should help you in your planning. Most students finance their studies by combining loans, bursaries, help from their families, or other sources, along with some part-time earnings. It is important to budget properly so that you have the necessary resources to take full advantage of your time at university.

Tuition fees – South African students

Tuition fees are charged per module within a prescribed programme. Students who register for more or fewer modules than prescribed, will be charged accordingly.
NB: All postgraduate students in dentistry are required to pay 50% of their full tuition fees at registration in their first year of study. The balance must be paid by 31 July of the same year.
In each year thereafter, Master’s and Doctoral students must renew their registration annually by paying the normal prescribed registration fee. The prescribed maximum completion period for the PDD, BSc Hons (Dental Science) and MSc (Dent) programmes, is two years. For the MChD, it is four years (except for MFOS, which is five), and for the PhD it is six years. For continued enrolment beyond the prescribed completion period, students are liable for 20% of the prescribed programme fees of the current year.
Master’s (research) and Doctoral students are required to pay their full tuition fees in their first years of study. Master’s and Doctoral students renewing their registration in order to submit a thesis for examination will only pay the normal registration fee. From the 4th and subsequent enrolment for doctoral degrees, students are liable for 20% of the current year.
Tuition fees – Exchange students are required to pay the minimum registration fee, which is R1210, 00 if the exchange agreement makes provision for tuition fee exemption. All exchange students residing on residence needs to pay full residence fees upon registration.

Tuition fees – Affiliated research students are required to pay the minimum registration fee, which is R1210.00. Tuition fees for affiliated research students will be charged as follows:

Registration fees for 2016
Initial non-resident students (At registration): R4290
Initial resident (At registration): R4 840 (excluding Kovacs)
Interim (On or before 30 April): 50% of total account
Final (On or before 31 July): Remaining balance


1. Personal Liability will attach to a registered student (or his/her legal guardian) for all tuition and accommodation fees. notwithstanding any award of a bursary that  they may have received.

2. NOTE: The contract which forms part of the application form for admission to the University which was signed by the registered student and/or their legal guardian, legally binds the registered student and / or their guardian to pay the full tuition fees, accommodation fees and any ancillary costs for the year of registration as determined by the university.

3. As a student’s fee account is linked to his/ her academic record and accommodation choices, it shall​ be their responsibility to ensure and verify the accuracy of such information.

 Early settlement rebate
If you are able to pay your full tuition fees in February, March or April, you will receive a rebate. Note that this does not apply to bursary payments, and that there is no rebate on meals. The rebates listed below are for payments received up to and including the dates indicated:

Family rebate
If there are two or more siblings studying full-time at UWC, significant rebates on tuition fees are allowed for the minimum period specified for a degree or diploma. Consult the Student Accounts Department for details.

Payment methods
The university accepts the following methods of payment:
• Cash, debit card, credit card or cheque at our Cashiers on the on the ground floor of the Student Administration, West Wing building

Cash Office hours: Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 16h30

A copy of the deposit slip must be faxed or emailed to ensure accurate and timeous processing of funds

Fax: +27 21 959 1556
+ 27 21 959 2986

For any other queries please contact the UWC Contact Centre +27 21 959 3900/01/02

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