The Cost of Tertiary Education in SA


Choose the best option for yourself


Studying after high school has become expensive and costs play a big part in most Matric students’ decision to further their education.

Below are some estimates for the most popular tertiary education providers in South Africa.

I hope that my comparison sheet will give you a better idea of the costs involved with further study and that you will be able to make an informed decision regarding affordability and your education.

When comparing the costs below, keep in mind that not all fees include textbooks, software, services and other activities. You will have to contact the education providers directly to find out what is and is not included in their specific fees. 

Tertiary Education Fees List

University Fees (per year):

  • BCom: Accounting – ±R30 000
  • BCom: Human Resource Management – ±R33 000
  • BCom: Business Management – ±R33 000
  • Residence Accommodation – ±R37 000
  • Meals x3 per day – ±R28 000
  • Textbooks (NSFAS estimate) – ±R6 000

University of Technology Fees (per year):

  • National Higher Certificate: Accounting – ±R21 000
  • National Diploma: Human Resource Management – ±R21 000
  • National Diploma: Management – ±R23 000
  • Residence Accommodation – from ±R22 000 to ±R41 000 (depending on campus location)
  • Meals – Mostly self-catering, so students prepare their own meals
  • Textbooks (NSFAS estimate) – ±R6 000

College SA Fees:

  • ICB Financial Accounting Programme – ±R15 000 per year (37-month course)
  • SABPP National Diploma in Human Resource Management and Practice – ±R9 000 per year (36-month course)
  • ICB Business Management Programme – ±R14 000 per year (37-month course)
  • Residence Accommodation – You study at home
  • Meals – You eat at home
  • Textbooks – Your study materials and textbooks are included in the course fees

Please note that the fees above are only estimates. To confirm the exact fee for the course you want to study you have to contact the tertiary education provider directly.

Choosing Your Tertiary Education Provider

I hope that the information above will give you a better idea of what to expect when deciding to study further after Matric. Remember, university is NOT the only respectable tertiary education provider out there. You can get just as good an education through distance learning or any other college or technikon.

However, before you register for a course, do your research. Look what you will learn, what type of qualification you will get and how much it will cost.

Contact the tertiary learning institutions directly and get as much information as possible from them. Also, visit their websites, and look for testimonials to find out what other students have to say about them.

Tertiary Education Providers in South Africa

Distance Learning Colleges in South Africa

College SA – Provides study support throughout the entire South Africa. College SA offers accredited and non-accredited courses, as well as courses suitable for students who didn’t pass Matric!

Technikons in South Africa

Universities in South Africa



Remember, choose the best option for yourself!

Until next time,

Desi Signature15the Distance Learning Diva

Disclaimer:  Martin and Desi are fictional characters created by College SA for educational purposes.