What SAILI gives students
SAILI pays for:
- high school acceptance fees and school fees
- compulsory textbooks
- tutoring as needed
SAILI contributes towards the costs of:
- school uniforms
- educational outings with a Maths/Science focus
- learning-support workshops covering topics such as study skills and career planning
- a comprehensive and individual support framework for academic and psychosocial needs, with regular contact with all students and parents
SAILI does not cover:
- initial application procedure for each high school
- transport costs
- tertiary education bursaries
Our students’ responsibilities
- Students (with the help of their parents) must apply to our recommended high schools and gain acceptance. Once they are accepted, the SAILI scholarship kicks in.
- In return, we expect our students to maintain their academic aggregate above 60%.
- Students must take Maths and Physical Science in the senior phase and pass these with at least 60%.
- They must continue to exhibit a positive approach to their learning. Behaviour and motivation comments on school reports should reflect this.
- Students must submit their reports to SAILI each term for monitoring.
- Students must participate in the SAILI outings and workshops offered each term.
What happens if my child is not accepted by a SAILI high school?
You are responsible for applying to and being accepted at a SAILI high school. We encourage you to apply to the school closest to home plus at least one other. The key factor in being successful is applying on time with all the correct paperwork. Even if you are not accepted in the first round of offers, it is likely that you will be on the waiting list if you have applied on time. SAILI is then able to advocate for your child to be given a place when it becomes available. As a back up plan, tt is a good idea to also apply to the school your child would go to if you do not have a scholarship.
Who is going to pay the fee deposit when my child is accepted at a SAILI high school?
SAILI will pay the fee deposit. When you decide to accept a place, send us the letter of offer from the school by either fax or e-mail or drop it in to our office. We will make a deposit and send proof of payment to both you and the school. It can take up to a week for our finance manager to complete payments so please plan ahead.
Who signs for “responsibility for fees?”
As the parent, you sign for responsibility for fees. Do not, however, sign for an automatic deduction from your account. SAILI will contract with you promising payment of fees and the fees will be paid directly from SAILI to the school. Your contract is with the school. Our contract is with you.
How do I arrange to get a reimbursement for fees/ uniform?
You can fill out a reimbursement form and return it along with proof of payment for approved expenses. You will need a bank account for us to reimburse to. Alternatively, you can get a quote for uniform and we can pay the supplier directly, on your behalf. In the first year of your scholarship you can spend up to R1100 on uniform expenses.
What happens at schools where SAILI is only paying part fees?
SAILI has “fee deals” at Norman Henshilwood, Bergvliet, Westerford, President and The Settlers. At these schools we only pay R6000/ year. The schools are aware that our families are low income and they expect you to apply for a fee subsidy/exemption. This is an income tested exemption for which our SAILI families qualify. You are responsible for applying to the bursar and supplying necessary paperwork, usually by February of each school year.