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University Application fees

By Thabo Monamodi · Apr 4, 2021
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What are the application fees for Universities in South Africa?

A lot of university applicants get surprised when
they discover that an application fee is required when applying. Before we explore the university application fees we first need to understand what is a university application fee and why do universities require an application fee?

An application fee is a fee that you pay when you submit your university application. The application fees vary from institution to institution, these fees range from R80 to R350. Some universities do not require an application fee.

why do universities require an application fee?

Universities receive thousands and thousands of applications during their application periods. The reviewing, selection, and admission of those applications cost the University manpower and money, thus they need the application fee to cover those costs. Some Universities use electronic systems to verify the applications and provided information, but they need a human for the selection process.

Never make the mistake of thinking it is unnecessary to pay the application fee. The application fees are compulsory and without paying any your application will not be processed. Universities are businesses thus revenue, costs, and time are very important to them.

Another thing to know when applying are Fee waivers. Fee waivers are generally given to applicants that are financially disadvantaged whose annual household is below a certain amount. However, some universities will allow applicants to avoid paying the application fee if they apply online.

Now that we got that out of the way, here is a list of Universities and their application fees:

University of Pretoria
Application fee: Free (for disadvantaged learners)
- But R300 if your household annual income is more than R150 000.

University of Johannesburg
Application fee:
- Free (online application)

University of the Western Cape
Application fee:
- Free online application

University of Limpopo
Application fee: R200
- Readmission: R300

University of Free State
Application fee:
- Free (online application)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Application fee:
- Free (online application)

University of Witwatersrand
Application fee:
- R100 (online application)

University of Cape Town
Application fee:
- R100 (online application)

Stellenbosch University
Application fee:
- R100 (online application)

University of North West
Application fee:
- Free (online application) for SA citizens
- International students pay R550

University of South Africa
Application fee:
- R130 online application, and
- R200 Manual application

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Application fee:
Free (online applications)

University of Venda
Application fee:
- R100 (online applications)                         -Readmission: R100 

Central University of Technology
Application fee:
- R100 online applications

Sol Plaatje University
Application fee:
- R100 (online applications)

Walter Sisulu University
Application fee: Free
online applications

Rhodes university
Application fee:
- R100 (online applications)

University of Fort Hare
Application fee:
- R120 (online applications)

Sefako Makgotho University
Application fee:
- R200 (online applications)

Tshwane University of Technology
Application fee:
- R240 (online applications)

Vaal University of Technology
Application fee:
- R100 (online applications)

University of Mpumalanga
Application fee:
- R150 (online applications)

For institutions in KwaZulu Natal Applicants need to apply through CAO and the application fee R250

Those Universities are:
1. Mangosuthu University of Technology
2. University of Zululand
3. Durban University of Technology
4. University of KwaZulu Natal
**Including colleges in KZN

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