Fees for South African Undergraduate Students

1. South African Undergraduate students 

• Academic fee structure: How does it work

1. Application Fee 

1.1 Undergraduate applicants pay an application fee of R175 directly to the Central Applications Office (CAO) (R400
late fee). (Local applicants)
1.2 Returning students to UKZN pay an application fee of R175 directly to the University (R400 late fee). (Local applicants).
1.3 The application fee is non-refundable and does not form part of the tuition fees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

2. Acceptance of Offer Fee

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter offering you a place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. If you decide to accept the offer you must make a payment of R500 (for 2014) to the University in order to secure your place. This Acceptance of Offer fee is nonrefundable and the amount may change for 2014. 

4. Provisional Fees (R3 000 for 2014) 

Provisional fees are payable before or at registration. At registration, you will make your final decisions about the courses/ subjects for which you will register. Tuition fees are charged per subject per semester. The Acceptance of Offer fee forms part of the R3 250 payable before registration. 

5. Residence fees 

If offered accommodation in a University residence you will be required to make an initial payment of R2750 (In 2014) before registration to secure your room.

6. Balance of Fees (First Semester) 


After registration the actual costs for tuition fees for the first semester will be calculated. The R3 250 (R500+R2 750 for 2014) paid will be subtracted from the total and an account for the balance will be mailed to you. The balance of the first semester fees must be paid before the end of May. 

7. Second Semester Fees 

Second semester fees are payable in full at the start of the second semester in August. Students who are registering for subjects for non-degree purposes, or for a reduced load, must contact the Student Fees Office or Faculty Office to determine the correct amount payable.

8. Bursaries or Loans 


Students who have any form of bursary or loan must ensure that the funding is available at the time of registration. Proof of award must be submitted at the Student Funding Centre before registration. Students who have received financial assistance from the University must complete their load documentation at the Student Funding Centre before registration 

9. Scholarships from University 


Qualifying students will receive letters advising them of their awards from the Scholarships Office before registration. Faculties will be notified of awards made for financial clearance purposes.

Cost of study 


The cost of University education will vary according to individual circumstances, and students are advised to calculate carefully the total financial provision they must make. The basic costs are given in the table below: 

  Human Sciences
 Academic fee   30 000   32 000
 Residence fee   20 000   20 000
 Cost of meals   20 000   20 000
 TOTALS   70 000   72 000

You will also need to provide for books, stationery and equipment, personal expenses, laundry, transport, sports, subscriptions, medical expenses and, residence during short vacations.
When deciding where to study you should enquire about the cost of study and compare costs of different Universities in KZN. This will help you make realistic decisions to suit your financial means.

Mode of payment 

1. Payment may be made by means of cheque or postal orders, direct deposit into the relevant University Banking Accounts, or by credit card.
2. The University offers a payment by instalment facility, by means of a debit order against a bank account, for students who are self-funded. Application may be made at the respective Student Fees Offices on each campus as soon as possible after selection and no later than at least a week before registration

Schedule of fees for 2014 

Tuition fees are charged per subject. The fees provided below are average fees for a full degree load per year charged in 2014. Fees for 2015 will be set in the 2nd semester of 2014. Please allow for a possible change in fees for 2014.

 Degree R (in 2014) 
 Architectural Studies 30 740
 Arts, Social Science,
Theology and Community Development

23870 - 33240

 Accounting, Commerce, Business Science (dependent on curriculum) 26770– 27880
 Agriculture – B.Agric, BSc Agric. 27410-28310
 Business Administration 30720
 Chemical Engineering 31210
 Education (Edgewood) 24090
 Engineering (all fields except Chemical) 31875
 Health Sciences (depending on courses taken) 25280– 35000
 Land Surveying 31360
 Law (LLB) Full-time  25280-35000
 Law Part-time 15890
 MBChB 31760
 Music 25030-29090
 Science (All programmes except Access) 24660-31570
 B Sc Augmented 24440
 B Sc Foundation and SFP (ESQ)
 Social Work, Psychology 27710-29880 

UKZN bank account details:

Name: University of KwaZulu-Natal

Bank: Standard Bank

Acc. No: 053081072

Branch: Westville

Branch Code: 045426

Reference: F001 11402 with applicant's full name
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ


Information on 2013 Fees for local and SADC students is now available.

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