Is free higher education enough?

May 2018 | Spring 2018

Many donors have questioned whether they should continue their support of bursaries. The answer is a very loud Yes! Please. Here is the lowdown on student support, as UCT explains it:

In December 2017 President Jacob Zuma announced government financial aid to students with an annual household income of less than R350 000 (roughtly CAD $35,000). UCT is presently implementing this policy as it believes in education for poor and working-class students. However, UCT will also be funding students who fall outside of this threshold up to R600 000 (CAD $60,000). Therefore, the message to alumni is that although the government has agreed to ‘free education’ for low income individuals, your support through donations is still crucial to meet those in the gap in threshold levels up to R600 000. Read more on the policy here.


Read the “Free-education isn’t enough. “, Opinion piece by Tashlin Govender as she discusses the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s tertiary student support and beyond, and the pressures to graduate in regulation time that arise with free education. She also puts forward ways in which donors can assist students to positive effect. [Mail&Guardian, 02 March 2018].

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