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How will the DHET Bursary Scheme be phased in?

The President announced that “government will now introduce fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South African undergraduate students

The President announced that “government will now introduce fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South African undergraduate students, starting in 2018 with students in their first year of study at our public universities”.

What this means is that in 2018 the DHET Bursary Scheme will only be introduced for new first time entry students (FTEN) into undergraduate studies at public higher education institutions.

Over the five-year period from 2018 through to 2022, the scheme will be phased in to cover all years of study in undergraduate degrees. In 2018, the FTEN students will benefit fully from the new scheme.

Each year going forward, the next group of FTEN students will benefit from the scheme.

Within five years, students in all years of undergraduate study in all programmes will benefit from the scheme.

What is a first time entrant (FTEN) into the university system?

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