Wits University has decreased its application fee following a proposal from the department of higher education for universities to drop application fees. The department of Higher Education South Africa (HESA) has requested tertiary institutions to lower their application fees in order to allow students the opportunity of applying to various universities. Carol Crosley, Deputy Registrar said: “There had been an initial discussion at a HESA forum with other universities where the scenarios of a student applying to 3 different universities could easily cost up to a R1000 each one charging about R300- R350.” Tsakani Mashile who is applying to Wits said “I think it’s good that the application fee is cheaper, because some of us don’t afford R300 so R100 is more convenient.” The proposal had not been formally implemented by 2012, but according to Crosley “The University decided that, in the interests of our broader population, we would reduce our undergraduate fee to R100 for South African citizens.” “When you apply to universities, you are not guaranteed to get in so your R400 is gone,” said Mashile. Crosley said the university has suffered financial loss from the decreased amount, but the numbers of applicants had increased. “We have compared stats – on 26 March 2013 we had 796 applicants on 26 March 2014 1793 applicants”. According to Crosley students applying this year for 2014 have not complained about the amount- they have commented that we are much cheaper than other universities fees vary between R200- R375 Rehaugetswe Modise from Tebogwana High School said “I think it helps for those who need the subsidy, it’s a reasonable price, for some of us who can’t afford R400 to apply” The University of Johannesburg has not decreased its application fee, from R400 in 2012, it has in fact increase it to R450 for 2014 applicants.