Monday, January 11, 2016

The Price of Education

South Africa’s most expensive schools are now more expensive than ever.

With an annual fee of R235,960, Hilton College in Kwa-Zulu Natal has increased its fees by more than R21,000 and remains South Africa’s most expensive private school.

Roedean School for Girls, located in Houghton, Johannesburg, has jumped into second spot, ahead of Michaelhouse in KZN, if one includes boarding fees, and a building levy fee of R4,977.

Hilton charges a R58,990 a non-refundable entry fee on acceptance, as does the school several kilometers up the N3 highway, Michaelhouse – R28,125 for SA residents, and R56,250 for non residents for 2017.

The Balgowan school noted on its website that its boarding fee of R225,000 for 2016 is only an estimate, while parents paying the entire amount upfront receive a handy 4% discount.

Rounding out the top five are St Andrews College, in Grahamstown, and St Johns in Johannesburg. Kearsney College, which was in the top five in 2015, has not published its 2016 fee structure.

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