These are the 20 most expensive schools in South Africa

While South African President Jacob Zuma has ruled out any increases in university tuition fees for  2016, the same doesn’t apply for the country’s finest schools.

The country’s most expensive schools have adjusted their fee structures for 2016, and 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 R16,000 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.

Read: Inside one of South Africa’s most elite schools

Hilton College – R235 960 – KZN Midlands

Hilton College
Hilton College

 Roedean School for Girls – R220 276 – Johannesburg

Roedean School for Girls
Roedean School for Girls

Michaelhouse – R225,000 – KZN Midlands

MichaelhouseSt Andrews College – R182,700 – Grahamstown

St Andrews
St Andrews

Kearsney College – R211,500 – Botha’s Hill, KZN

Kearsney College
Kearsney College

Most expensive schools in SA (2016)

School Annual Fee (Board) Annual Fee (Day) 2015 Increase
Hilton College R235 960 N/A R219 500 7.5%
Michaelhouse R225 000 N/A R208 320 8.0%
Roedean School for Girls R220 276 R124 297 R196 539 8.0%*
St Andrews College R216 900 R96 960 R199 140 8.9%
Kearsney College R211 500 R145 500 R195 800 8.0%
St Johns R210 352 R124 618 R194 231 8.3%
St Stithians R201 316 R117 470 R181 693 10.8%
St Martins R199 200 R120 900 R184 460 8.0%
St Andrew’s School for Girls R198 540 R111 110 R189 830 4.6%
Bishops R198 340 R113 440 R184 120 7.7%
St Mary’s School Waverley R198 150 R109 450 R181 900 8.9%
St Alban’s College R197 300 R112 200 R181 000 9.0%
St Mary’s DSG -Pretoria R190 800 R104 100 R173 700 9.8%
Diocesan School for Girls Grahamstown R187 260 R93 800 R171 810 9.0%
Kingswood College R186 090 R97 410 R171 030 8.8%
St Cyprians  R175 630  R93 880 R159 774 9.9%
St Mary’s School for Girls R170 710 R92 440 R166 155 2.7%
Herschel Girls’ School R169 320 R88 800 R157 560 7.5%
Treverton College R167 620 R85 460 R149 800 11.9%
The Wykeham Collegiate R165 320 R87 940 R154 820 6.8%

*Excluding levies 

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