Cost of Attendance and Disbursements

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COST OF ATTENDANCE (CoA)

The Cost of Attendance for a student is an estimate (budget) of a student’s educational expenses for the academic year/period of enrolment at UJ. This estimate is what defines your financial need which is what the school uses to determine your loan eligibility amount. Below is a breakdown of how much an average student might require per academic year, this list is not exhaustive but provides basic guidelines subjected to your program of choice.

DescriptionUndergraduate average costs
(South African Rand = ZAR)
Postgraduate average costs
(South African Rand = ZAR)
1. TuitionR102,280 – R110,330R14,634 – R171,158
2. International Registration Fee (IRF)(Inclusive in Tuition Fee)R4,570
3. Books and StationeryR900 – R3,000R1,000 – R4,000
4. Equipment / FieldworkR800 – R3,000R800 – R5,000
5. AccommodationR22,784 – R59,915R22,784 – R59,915
6. SA Medical AidR4,200 – R10,000R4,200 – R10,000
7. FoodR14,000 – R20,000R14,000 – R20,000
8. Living ExpensesR6,000 – R12,000R6,000 – R12,000

DISBURSEMENTS

First-time undergraduate students

The disbursement process for first time undergraduate students can only be initiated 30 days after registration. You will receive your loan in two equal disbursements. The first disbursement will be received within 30 days after the initiation date. The second disbursement will only be initiated after the submission of your academic progress for the first semester, the funds will be in your South African bank account within 30 days of the initiation date. It is therefore advisable to have funds available to cover costs while waiting for your funds to be paid out to you.

Returning undergraduate and Postgraduate students

The disbursement process will be initiated the day after registration. You will receive your loan in two equal disbursements. The first disbursement will be received within 30 days after the initiation date. The second disbursement will only be initiated after the submission of your academic progress for the first semester, the funds will be in your South African bank account within 30 days of the initiation date. It is therefore advisable to have funds available to cover costs while waiting for your funds to be paid out to you.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students are allowed 150% of the standard duration to complete their program of registration while receiving Federal Aid. In order to receive the second disbursement of your loan you have to submit a progress report to the Division For Internationalisation for the first semester of your year of registration. This report needs to be submitted at least by the end of the first semester so the sooner you submit your report, the sooner you will receive your second disbursement. A progress report on the second semester also has to be submitted to the Division For Internationalisation before the end of the year. This is required for your registration status to be updated with the US Department of Education as well as to initiate your loan application for the following year.

To remain eligible for Aid, your progress reports have to be satisfactory in accordance to your Faculty’s standards and requirements. When SAP standards are not met, a student will be given a Financial Aid Warning for the proceeding semester. This means that you will still receive your aid but are subjected to have a satisfactory academic progress for the proceeding semester. If these requirements are not met by the end of the warning period, your aid will be suspended pending an appeal. Please see your Faculty Rules Book for SAP standards and requirements.