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Tuition Fees


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 registered for more or fewer modules that prescribed, will be charged accordingly.     
The applicable tuition fee payment dates are:     
Payment  Due date   Prescribed minimum
Initial non-resident  At registration  R3 900 
Initial resident  At registration  R4 400 

Registration deposit
(Only full cost bursary holders)

At registration  R900 (incl. above amounts) 
Interim  On or before 30 April  50% of total account 
Final  On or before 31 July  Remaining balance 

Accounts settled in full before the due dates will be eligible for settlement discounts calculated on current tuition and accommodation fees outstanding after all rebates have been credited   
Payment Date  Discount 
On or before 28 February  5% 
On or before 31 March  3% 
On or before 30 April  2% 
Accounts settled by bursary organisations do not qualify for a discount.

Families who have two or more children registered in the same year will be eligible to a family tuition rebate in terms of University Rules.   
The family rebates are granted as follows:   
2nd Child 10% of tuition fees 
3rd Child  20% of tuition fees 
4th Child  50% of tuition fees 
5th Child  75% of tuition fees 
6th Child  100% of tuition fees 
Family tuition rebate applications must be submitted on an annual basis on the prescribed forms and must reach the University before the last working day in June of each year. The family tuition rebate is applicable to first Degree only.

Students should make allowance for the following expenses in their financial plans:

  • Tuition fees
  • Text Books and Stationery
  • Residence fees (Accommodation where applicable)
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals / Food (where applicable)
  • Travelling (to and from University)
South African Students
Beneficiary / Recipient / Deposit Reference:

Student No., Surname and Names
e.g. 2000001 Brown Peter John

Foreign Students
Complete in Field 70 - Purpose of Payment/ Remittance Information:

Student No. Surname and Names
e.g.2000001 Brown Peter John

Namibian Students
Description – Details / Reference Number / Beneficiary’s Account:

Student No. Surname and Names
e.g. 2000001 Brown Peter John

Banking Details

Bank name : ABSA Bank
Account Name : UWC Student Deposit Account
Branch : Public Sector Western Cape
Branch Code : 631609
Account Number : 40 4960 4740
Swift Code : ABSAZAJJ

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