With the rising university fee costs and a slow resolution to the #FeesMustFall and free education campaigns, a qualification can still be doable if you are shopping around for technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.

“Public colleges are usually more affordable as government subsidies 80 percent of the cost of classes” says Danita Welgemoed, chief education specialist at the Western Cape Provincial Department of Higher Education and Training.

We’ve crunched the numbers and have rounded up what some popular National Certificate Vocational NC(V) Level 2 – 4 qualifications within the TVET system, and these are some estimates of how much each qualification would cost you.

If you are leaning towards the engineering and hospitality, fields, the costs can get a bit hefty. For a three-year hospitality course, you are looking at around R14 500 a year.

A civil engineering and build construction course is in the region of R12 167 a year, while an electric infrastructure construction course will be around R12 005.

A three-year office administration course however, will costs nearly half the amount, with about R7 700 a year. A marketing three-year course will set you back by R7 785 a year.

A management course is around R9 091 a year; while a finance, economics and accounting course is around R8 683 a year.

The DHET has set aside R2,2 billion to the TVET college bursaries scheme to assist financially disadvantaged students. You can find out about how to apply for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) through your college.

Also, before you start shopping around for a college, first verify if an institution is registered by looking for its name on the DHET’s register of private colleges on its website (dhet.gov.za). You can also call the toll-free number: 0800-87-22-22.

For more on how to find out if your chosen college of choice is indeed the real or not, click here.