Higher Education

Higher Education, a near-essential part of life. Referring to any studying done after Matric, higher education provides students with additional qualifications necessary to obtain specific jobs and advance themselves in life. Options for higher education include universities and colleges, offering qualifications on degree, diploma and certificate levels. Which of these levels of higher education you qualify to go into depends upon your Matric pass - it takes a Bachelor's pass to qualify to study for a degree, a Diploma pass for a diploma and a Higher Certificate pass for a certificate. Read on to see what your options are in terms of higher education and see how the field of higher education is changing in South Africa.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme confirmed that its application window for the 2018 academic year has officially closed.

As thousands of First Year students head off to varsity in coming weeks, education experts say they should embrace the excitement and opportunity, but also ensure they start off on the right track to ensure they make a success of their studies right from the get-go.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET) hosted a chat session on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, inviting students to raise any pressing issues concerning higher education in the country.

Students who have questions relating to admissions, registration and career options will be able to speak directly to Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on Twitter.

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Are you starting varsity or college next year? Here are some things you should know before you enter this new phase of your life.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says following the pronouncement by the President to increase the threshold for financial aid, it will work with public institutions of higher learning to assist learners who missed the initial application window of 30 November 2017.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it is happy with being retained as the administrator of financial aid for poor and working-class South African students.

Students who qualify for government funding won't have to pay registration fees according to Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela.

As First Years prepare to head off to higher education for the first time, many are having second thoughts about their chosen course or institution.

Despite the negative response toward free higher education from certain parties the National Youth Development Agency has come out in support of government's proposal.

Grade 12 learners, who passed matric in 2017 but have not yet secured a place at a university or college, have been urged to use the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) system.

There has been a lot of talk lately about the usefulness (or not) of the university degree, with some commentators even venturing the opinion that degrees are, in fact, dead.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Hlengiwe Mkhize says there needs to be a proper understanding of the qualifications and skills training required to meet the complex and evolving needs of society and the economy.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the criticism levelled against the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill shows resistance towards building an inclusive non-racial and quality education system.

President Jacob Zuma says he will soon make an announcement on the funding for higher education.

The Association of Private Providers of Education Training and Development (APPETD) will host an information sharing workshop on the regulatory framework for private education institutions and changes to the law that could impact on providers.

The value of pursuing an MBA is increasingly coming under scrutiny, given the substantial investment of time and money, and in light of the fact that the qualification is no longer as sought-after as it was during its heyday.



The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) revenue has increased by 11% from 2015 to 2016, according to the Financial Statistics of Higher Education Institutions, 2016 report.

South African students have been warned yet again to beware of fake colleges after another illegal institution was identified by higher education authorities.



How will the latest cabinet reshuffle impact the higher education sector? According to the public this sudden shift could undermine the stability established by the previous Minister.

A second cabinet reshuffle will see Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande replaced with Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, ex-minister of home affairs.


With the rapid growth of private higher education in South Africa, prospective students now have a wealth of options when choosing not only what to study, but also where.

What happens to the masses of students exiting the school system each year? This has become a major point of contention for government and higher education authorities.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has warned students to check that their prospective colleges are registered before enrolling.


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