The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) was launched the ‘I care UKZN’ campaign on Thursday, 28 January 2016.

The I CARE campaign is an initiative for students by students, and aims to raise funds that will assist academically excelling students who are unfunded and are unable to continue with their respective studies. With the support of University Management, the UKZN Student Leadership (SRC) will be driving the campaign and making appeals to staff, students, corporates, individuals and all stakeholders who can contribute to this very worthy cause.

The Student Leadership, inspired by initiatives at other institutions and cognisant of the growing need for funding are spearheading this programme.

In February 2015, the UKZN Student Leadership in conjunction with the Student Services Division and the UKZN Foundation embarked on a short, high intensity campaign to raise funds to assist academically excellent but unfunded students to register. It raised a total of R65000 in 2 weeks. The funds raised went a long way in helping 6 financially needy students with their fees.

Despite the additional NSFAS and other funding being made available by government as a consequence of the #FeesMustFall campaign, there are still a number of academically excellent students who will not be able to study. This includes those who were financially excluded because they owe funds from previous years and the “missing middle” students, who’s family income is above the NSFAS threshold and cannot afford University fees. Hence this initiative, driven by the SRCs, to raise funds to ensure that all academically excellent students receive financial support to pay their fees.

The proposed model in respect of the allocation of funds raised:

  1. Academically performing,  financially excluded students: 2013-2015:
  • Prioritise students with family income below R150 000 per annum and rank starting with best to lowest academic performance.
  • Support students owing fees for 2013/2014/2015.
  • Student to complete a special financial aid application for i-Care Funding.
  • Closing date – Wednesday, 3 February 2016.
  • Allocate a set amount per student until the fund is depleted.
  1. “Missing middle” students: 2015/2016:
  • Consider students with family income between R150 000 and R200 000 per annum and rank starting with best to lowest academic performance.
  • Student to complete a special financial aid application for i-Care Funding.
  • Closing date – Wednesday 3 February 2016.

Allocate a set amount per student until the fund is depleted.