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There are different types of financial aid for studies. Bursaries or scholarships are funding for deserving students, either to encourage them in a specific field or to reward them for achievements in academics, sport or leadership. You don't need to repay a bursary, unless you drop out before you finish your studies, and some bursary donors may require you to work at their company after you've graduated. If you don't get any bursaries, you can take out a student loan. These have to be repaid, with interest, once you complete your studies. You can apply for loans or bursaries from government, universities, private companies and banks.

Government funding

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers financial aid to students who show academic potential, but who don't have access to any other loans or bursaries. Although you will need to repay the loan, a big portion may be converted into a non-repayable bursary if your marks are good enough. The NSFAS is funded by the South African government and is available to students of TVET colleges and public universities.

The NSFAS also administers certain government bursaries, such as the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

 for prospective public school teachers, and the Department of Social Development bursaries for social work students.

University financial aid

Each university has a financial aid office that assists students with loan and bursary applications. This should be your first stop for any financial aid, including university funding, NSFAS loans and external bursaries. 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)21 959 6767 (Call centre) For financial aid contacts, see http://www.cput.ac.za/study/funding/undergraduate/contactCentral University of Technology, Free State
  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)51 507 3911 (General enquiries, Bloemfontein campus) +27 (0)57 910 3500 (General enquiries, Welkom campus) For financial aid contacts, see http://www.cut.ac.za/fees-bursaries-and-loans/#contact
  • Durban University of Technology

  • Phone numbers: 0860 10 31 94 (Call centre) +27 (0)31 373 2553 (Financial aid, Durban campus) +27 (0)33 845 8890 (Financial aid, Midlands campus)
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology  

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)31 907 7111 (General enquiries) +27 (0)31 907 7462 (Bursaries) +27 (0)31 907 7353 (NSFAS)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See website.
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)41 504 1111 (General enquiries) + 27 (0)41 504 2384 (Admin coordinator)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See bursary booklet.
  • North West University

    Potchefstroom campus:

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)18 2991111 / 2222 (General enquiries) +27 (0)18 299 2045 / 299 2046 / 299 2052 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See website.
  • Vaal Triangle campus: 

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)16 910 3111 (General enquiries) +27 (0)16 910 3166 / 910 3134 / 910 3157/ 910 3056 (Financial aid) 
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See bursary booklet.
  • Mafikeng campus:

  • Phone number: +27 (0)18 389 2111 (General enquiries)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: First-year students: 28 November
  • Rhodes University

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)46 603 8111 (General enquiries) +27 (0)46 603 8248 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: First-year students: No closing date, but funds are limited.
  • Sol Plaatjie University

  • Phone number: +27 (0)53 491 0000 (Switchboard)
  • Stellenbosch University

  • Phone number: +27 (0)21 808 9111 (Client Services Centre)
  • Tswane University of Technology

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)21 650 9111 (Switchboard) +27 (0)21 650 3545 (Financial aid)
  • University of Fort Hare

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)40 602 2011 (General enquiries) +27 (0)43 704 7007 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: Contact university.
  • University of Johannesburg

  • Phone number: +27 (0)11 559 4555 (General enquiries)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)31 260 8596 (Switchboard) For financial aid contacts, see http://studentfunding.ukzn.ac.za/AboutUs.aspx
  • University of Limpopo

  • Phone number: +27 (0)15 268 2405 (Financial aid)
  • University of Mpumulanga

  • Phone number: +27 (0)13 002 0001 (Switchboard) +27 (0)13 002 0052/09 (Financial aid)
  • University of Pretoria

  • Phone number: +27 (0)12 420 3111 (Switchboard)
  • University of South Africa

  • Phone number: +27 (0)12 441 5460/3 (Financial aid)
  • University of the Free State

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)51 401 9111 (General enquiries, Bloemfontein campus) +27 (0)58 718 5000 (General enquiries, Qwaqwa campus) +27 (0)51 401 7175 / 9359 / 2103 (Financial aid)
  • Walter Sisulu University

  • Phone numbers: For contact details, see here: http://www.wsu.ac.za/waltersisulu/index.php/contact-us-wsu/
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See website.
  • University of Venda

  • Phone number: +27 (0)15 962 8000 (General enquiries)

  • University of the Western Cape

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)21 959 2911 (General enquiries) +27 (0) 21 959 9753 / 2737 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: See website.
  • University of Witwatersrand (Wits University)

  • Bursaries: https://www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/financial-aid-and-scholarships-office/bursary-opportunities-/
  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)11 717 1000 (General enquiries) +27 (0)11 717 1081 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: Contact financial aid office.
  • University of Zululand

  • Phone numbers: +27 (0)35 902 6000 (Switchboard, main campus) +27 (0)35 902 6006 (Switchboard, Richards Bay campus) +27 (0)35 902 6307 (Financial aid)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: Contact financial aid office.
  • Vaal University of Technology

  • Phone numbers: +27(0)16 950 9000 (General enquiries, Vanderbijl campus) +27(0)11 929 7400 (General enquiries, Ekurhuleni campus) +27(0)17 631 1990 (General enquiries, Secunda campus) +27(0)54 332 3304 (General enquiries, Upington campus)
  • Closing dates for funding applications: Contact university.
  • External bursaries

    Many private and state-owned companies offer bursaries in various fields. For updated lists of bursaries available to South African students, visit these websites: 

  • http://www.bursarysouthafrica.co.za/

  • http://www.gostudy.mobi/Bursaries/All/Default.aspx
  • Student loans

    Student loans are offered by all major banks as well as Eduloan, who specialises in funding for education.

    Eduloan

  • Phone number: 0860 55 55 44 
  • ABSA student loans 

  • Phone number: 0860 100 372
  • Bursaries: https://bursaries-southafrica.co.za/absa-bursaries/

  • FNB student loans

  • Phone number: 0861 40 40 40
  • Nebank student loans

  • Phone number: 0860 555 111
  • Standard Bank student loans

  • Phone number: 0860 123 000
  • Bursaries: https://bursaries-southafrica.co.za/standard-bank-bursary/
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