How much it costs to send your child to private school and university in SA

The journey from grade R to matric is an expensive one in South Africa, according to a report by the City Press.

By - January 17, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Sending your child to private school from grade R to grade 12 in South Africa will cost you around R3.7 million, according to the City Press.

The newspaper calculated the figure based on a child who starts school in 2016 and leaves matric in 2028.

Stationery, uniform, and boarding costs were included in the figure, with the annual schools fees based on the rates of a private school in Johannesburg.

The City Press also looked at how much it will cost a parent to send their child to an “average fee-paying” school, and an “upper-income” former Model C school.

If the learner wants to pursue a tertiary education after school, that’s going to cost a bit more – with the report stating that a three-year BA degree is priced between R190,000 and R470,000.

How much education costs

The table below is based on the figures calculated by the City Press – taking annual school fee increases and other price hikes into account.

Education costs in South Africa
Institution Total cost: Grade R – Grade 12
Average fee-paying school R253,404
Upper-income former Model C school R676,306
Private school R3,721,293
University (3-year BA degree)
Unisa R189,918
Wits R360,211
UCT R472,528

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