Plague of Unpaid Tuition Afflicts Colleges in South Africa

Plague of Unpaid Tuition Afflicts Colleges in South Africa 1

Don Boroughs for The Chronicle

Undergraduates will soon be banished from St. Augustine College of South Africa, where a financial crunch has forced it to sell its campus and continue elsewhere with only graduate programs.

At St. Augustine College of South Africa, students took exams last month that were final in more ways than one. The only Roman Catholic university in South Africa recently decided to sell its campus here and suspend its undergraduate program.

"It was really a shock," says Siphiwe Ngwenya, a third-year student, recalling the announcement that the college was in a terminal financial crisis.

Still, Ms. Ngwenya acknowledges that she is one of the students who brought on the