Higher education is facing a funding crisis again, compounded by the impact that the Coronavirus global pandemic has had on the economy. Many academically deserving students are in danger of seeing their futures being lost as a result of the perilous financial situation that they find themselves in. UCT recognises the financial hardships that many of our students face as a result of the impact that COVID is having on household incomes. Because of this the University is making every effort to support students to continue with their studies.

The Student Debt Relief Fund will help those students whose family circumstances have been affected by recent events and who are unable to settle fee accounts.  Thanks to your generous support, another student will move on to their next year or study, or perhaps graduate.

The support of UCT alumni around the world enabled 132 students to pay their fee debt in 2022 so that they were able to graduate.   A total of R2,246,435 helped students who found themselves unavoidably in debt through family or personal circumstances.    These students were studying 19 different disciplines and have all now been able to enter the world of work – in business, law, the arts, medicine, and the allied health sciences such as Occupational Therapy and Audiology.

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