About the Government Grant Application Process

Government will subsidise the fee adjustment capped at 8% on the 2015 fee for all qualifying registered students with gross family income up to R600 000 per annum in 2017. This is not a loan, but a grant.

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


  • Only South African citizens and permanent residents studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in 2017 will be considered. Please note that only information provided at point of application will be considered.
  • The applicant and direct family (mother, father, spouse or legal guardians) must have a combined GROSS family income of no more than R600 000 per annum.
  • The DHET Grant will ONLY cover tuition fees and university managed accommodation (including operational leases for student accommodation between the university and a service provider).
  • Applicants that applied for NSFAS funding are not required to submit this application; they will automatically be considered.
  • All students who attended Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools in Grade 12 will be automatically considered upon verification of HEMIS data and will not be required to submit this application.
  • Students who are recipients of internal university merit bursaries will be eligible for the 8% grant funding, provided they fall within the R600 000 family income cap. This will not be for students supported through university trust funds or other forms of donor funding.
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PROCESS

The following framework is proposed for the process to identify missing middle students eligible for the gap funding grant:

  • Government grant funding for the fee adjustment is to individual students; therefore individual students who are not automatically covered will have to apply for the fee adjustment grant.
  • To initiate the process, a student will need to apply to be considered for a grant to cover the % fee adjustment as decided by each Council.
  • The application of the student will have to be supported by evidence of the combined annual family income comprising of certified copies of parents, spouses and legal guardians identification documents (IDs) together with a form indicating consent to enable the university to conduct a credit check.
  • A proportion of students will automatically be considered for the grant without any checks being necessary. These include learners who completed their Grade 12 studies at Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools (matched to the DBE database) and all students covered by NSFAS.
  • Each university will be required to determine the individual students that qualify within the bracket of zero to R600 000 household income, and the monetary value of each student’s fee adjustment. No additional fees such as for clubs and other aspects will be included. Universities will be expected to verify the claims before submission to the DHET. This must be audited as part of the 2017 HEMIS auditing process.
  • All information must be provided to the DHET. The DHET will determine the monetary value of the poor and missing middle cohort to be provided to each university. Transfer of funding will only be done upon the receipt of the database of the poor and missing middle cohort (ID, name, student number, 2017 tuition fees, 2017 accommodation fees and fees adjustment).
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PRINCIPLES: Identification

To implement the process of identification and verification of students eligible for the gap grant funding to cover the % fee adjustment in 2017, principles have been developed to serve as criteria.

The following principles will guide the identification process:

  1. The 8% fee adjustment on the 2017 fee is applicable to all qualifying South African and permanent residence undergraduate and postgraduate students and students.
  2. The fees statement must be accompanied by an explanatory paragraph highlighting eligibility criteria. The fees adjustment for qualifying students must be shown as a distinct amount on the individual student fee account.
  3. The fee adjustment covered will be for tuition as well as university accommodation, where applicable.
  4. Students who are recipients of internal university merit bursaries will be eligible for the 8% grant funding, provided they fall within the R600 000 family income cap. This will not be for students supported through university trust funds or other forms of donor funding.
  5. The following students DO NOT qualify for the fee adjustment:
    1. All foreign students, including SADC students, will have to pay their full fees (including the fee adjustment implemented at the university). No foreign student will be provided a gap funding grant.
    2. Students who are recipients of bursaries and scholarships that cover their tuition and accommodation fees will have to pay the percentage fee adjustment.
    3. Any student from a household with an income in excess of R600 000.
  6. Students who are recipients of partial bursaries and scholarships which do not cover full tuition fees and/or accommodation will be eligible to apply for the 8% grant, provided they fall within the R600 000 family income cap.
  7. Any student who does not apply for exemption (i.e. who chooses not to provide proof of household income and other information required) and therefore cannot be tested for eligibility will not receive the grant to cover their fee adjustment.
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PRINCIPLES: Application Process

The following principles will guide the application process:

  1. All students must apply to access the fee adjustment grant.
  2. Students will be required upon registration to provide full information on their legal guardians/parents/spouse and indicate who is sponsoring their studies, as well as provide the name and location of the school at which they completed their Grade 12 qualification.
  3. Universities will need to conduct a credit check for those applicants that do not automatically qualify for the fee adjustment grant. It will be necessary to verify household income. This would necessitate applicants to submit a consent form signed by their parents/guardians.
  4. Students must submit the following documentation and information to test for eligibility:
    1. Certified copy of ID of their parents/legal guardians/spouse;
    2. A consent form signed by their parents/legal guardians/spouse that allows for verification of the information provided.
    3. Information on any party sponsoring their studies.
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PRINCIPLES: Appeals Process

The following principles will guide the appeals process:

  1. Students who have applied for the fee adjustment grant MUST be advised on the outcome of their application for the grant within the first quarter.
  2. All universities must establish an appeals process to allow students who were rejected to appeal the outcome, should they wish to do so. This is to ensure that:
    1. eligible students are not prejudiced due to administrative errors
    2. students that meet the criteria but may not have had the required documentation in place at the time of registration, are not treated unfairly
    3. Such an appeals process will ensure fairness in the evaluation of applications for the 2017 fee adjustment grant

Forms and Additional Information

You can download relevant documents by clicking on the link below:

  1. DHET Fee Adjustment Grant Application Form. Please note that this form is not required if doing an online application.
  2. Credit bureau check consent form. A form is required for you and both your parents / guardians.
  3. DHET 2017 Fee Adjustment Grant - Important Information.
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