Important Information on Financial Matters for First Time Entering and Returning Students

There seem to be uncertainty about a number of matters related to student funding in 2018. Below are answers to some of the current frequently asked questions.
​​STUDENT FEES

This section provides responses to all concerns raised in the ISRC memo related to
fees:

​FIRST TIME ENTERING STUDENTS

NSFAS is currently processing confirmations for 2018 First Ti​me Entering (FTEN) students. The confirmation results for all FTEN students who applied by 30 November 2017, will be made available in the course of this week and next week. The University’s Executive Management Committee (EMC) is in regular contact with NSFAS to fast track this matter.

First Time Entering (FTEN) students who have not applied for NSFAS​
If you are a FTEN who applied for an undergraduate qualification but did not apply for 2018 NSFAS funding and you have a firm offer of space (acceptance letter) based on your final Grade 12 results, you must identify yourself to your respective Campus Financial Aid Offices as coming from a family earning a combined gross family household income of R350 000 or less per annum.

Once the relevant information, including certified ID copies of your legal guardians, p​arents or spouses and certified copies of proof of income have been provided to your Campus Financial Aid Office and financial eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive a conditional funding offer that is subject to the final vetting and confirmation from NSFAS, you will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fees (minimum first payment).​

All FTEN students who have applied for NSFAS before 30 November 2017
All FTEN student who have applied directly to NSFAS for funding before 30 November 2017, will upon confirmation from NSFAS, be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fees.​

NSFAS is currently processing confirmations. The confirmation results for all FTEN students who applied by 30 November 2017 will be available in the course of this week and next week. The Executive Management Committee (EMC) is in regular contact with NSFAS fast track this matter.​

FTEN students from families supported by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) who did not apply for NSFAS
FTEN students from families who are recipients of child support grants or disability grants administered through SASSA and who have a firm offer of space at the university (acceptance letter) based on their final Grade 12 results must identify themselves at the respective Campus Financial Aid Offices and will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fees.

FTEN students who attended Quintile 1, 2 or 3 schools who did not apply for NSFAS
FTEN students from Quintile 1, 2 or 3 who have a firm offer of space at the university (admission letter) based on their final Grade 12 results, must identify themselves at the respective Campus Financial Aid Offices.​

Once the relevant information, including certified ID copies of their legal guardians, parents or spouses and certified copies of proof of income have been provided by the student to the Campus Financial Aid Offices and financial eligibility has been confirmed, the student will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fees.

FTEN students with a combined family gross income above R350 000 but below R600 000 per annum​
FTEN students with a combined gross family income above R350 000 but below R600 000, must complete the Gap Grant Application Form prior to Registration for 2018 and will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration
fee.

DHET will pay the Gap Grant fee to TUT on behalf of the student, subject to the final vetting and confirmation from DHET.

This group of students will be responsible for the payment of the remainder of their fees.​

FTEN students with a combined family gross income of above R600 000 per annum
FTEN students with combined family gross income of above R600 000 per annum will be required to pay the upfront registration fees as required by the University Students’ Rules and Regulation as well as the DHET communique to Universities dated 22 December 2017.

This group of students will be responsible for the payment of all their fees.

RETURNING STUDENTS

All returning NSFAS qualifying students may register for 2018, subject to the following: ​

Returning students from families supported by SASSA and who attended Quintile 1, 2 or 3 schools
Returning students from families supported by SASSA and Quintile 1, 2 or 3 schools, who qualify for 2018 NSFAS funding, will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fees.​

This only applies to students who comply with the NSFAS academic progression criteria.

​NSFAS students with 2017 fees not yet paid in full by NSFAS
2017 NSFAS funded students whose fees have not yet been paid in full by NSFAS and who have signed loan agreements will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registrati​on fees.​

This only applies to students who comply with the NSFAS academic progression criteria. 

Such students will not be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD).

​Returning NSFAS qualifying students with previous outstanding debt
Returning NSFAS qualifying students with previous outstanding debt and who comply with the academic progression criteria will be allowed to view their results and register in 2018. They will, however, be required to make arrangements through the University’s Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD) process. AoD arrangements should be made at any of the campus Finance Revenue Offices. The funding process for such students will be handled by the Department of Higher Education and Training, after due diligence has been undertaken during 2018.

Returning NSFAS qualifying students with a combined gross family income of up to R122 000 per annum 
Returning NSFAS qualifying students with combined gross family income of up to R122 000 per annum will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fee subject to students complying with the NSFAS academic progression criteria.​​

In 2018, this group of students will be funded through the DHET bursary (which is a grant) and not a loan.

Returning students with a combined gross family income of up to R600 000 per annum​
Returning students with combined gross family income of up to R600 000 per annum, who do not have outstanding previous debt, will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fee.​

All returning students with outstanding previous debt, will be allowed to view their results and register in 2018. However, these students will be required to pay a portion of the outstanding debt and make arrangements through the University’s Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD) process.

Important notice: students who have applied and successfully qualified for Gap Grant funding in 2017 will be not required to reapply for 2018 Gap Grant funding. DHET will pay the Gap Grant to TUT on behalf of these students.

This group of students will be responsible for the payment of the remainder of their fees.​

Returning students with a combined gross family income above R600 000 per annum
All students with a combined gross family income above R600 000 per annum will be required to pay the upfront registration fee as required by University Students’ Rules and Regulation, as well as the DHET communique to Universities dated 22 December 2017.​

This group of students with outstanding previous debt, will be allowed to view their results and register in 2018. However, the students will be required to pay a portion of the outstanding debt and arrange through the University’s Acknowledgement of Debt (AoD) process.

This group of students will be responsible for the payment of all their 2018 fees.​

All bursary qualifying students​
All (under and postgraduate) bursary qualifying students (including NRF funded students) will be allowed to register without paying the upfront registration fee. This is on condition that every student submits a bursary confirmation letter to the TUT Campus Financial Aid Offices.​