USAf receives clarity on Zuma's university fees declaration

President Jacob Zuma announced massive subsidies and grants for poor and working class students at the weekend.

FILE: Demonstrating students hold up placards during protests over tertiary education fees in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Universities South Africa (USAf) says that it has received clarity on how the president's declaration for free higher education declaration will be worked into the five-year budget cycle.

Zuma announced massive subsidies and grants for poor and working class students at the weekend.

The definition of poor and working class students will cover those who come from households that have a combined income of up to R350,000 per annum.

Universities South Africa says that it has now met with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) and higher education officials to discuss the plan, which it claims it was unaware of until Saturday's announcement.

USAf CEO Ahmed Bawa: "It was quite a constructive meeting because on the one hand there was clarity on the cost of the dispensation that was put forward by President Zuma is built into the five-year budget cycle. That's a very good sign."