Funding opportunities for financial relief

AMUKELANI MAKAMU

Tuition fees and residence fees can be financially taxing. Thus, it is very important for students to look out for funding opportunities. Financial problems can lead to financial exclusion and for some students. In some cases, it has led to academic exclusions as stress due to university fees and school related debt can lead to poor academic performance. There are different funding opportunities from different organisations, made available for students who do not have the financial means to cover their tuition and residence fees.

Funding opportunities include:

University of Pretoria Financial Aid: The University of Pretoria has made available loans and bursaries that students can apply for on their student portal under the Financial Aid tab. For more information regarding bursaries administered by UP, students can email Elias Ntlhane on elias.ntlhane@up.ac.za as well as the Finance Department Senior Management Assistant, Lana Pieterse on lana.pieterse@up.ac.za.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS):

NSFAS is a public bursary made available to students who come from households with an income that does not exceed R350 000 per annum. NSFAS covers tuition fees, residence fees, book levies as well as student allowances. For more information on NSFAS students should visit www.nsfas.org.za.

Bank Student Loans:

Banks such as ABSA, Standard Bank, FNB and Nedbank offer student loans. Students that are interested can search for www.bankstudentloans.com for more information on student loans, or they can visit their nearest bank branch in order to get first hand help in applying for the student loan and for a bank assistant to better explain all possible terms and conditions aligned with the specific loan.

Students can also apply for the following funding opportunities:

  • Thuthuka Bursary Fund 2021
  • Trust Fund Bursary 2021
  • Funza Lushaka Bursary 2021 (mainly for Education Students)
  • Sasol Bursaries 2021
  • SAICA Bursaries 2021
  • De Beers Bursaries 2021
  • Anglo Platinum Ltd Bursaries 2021
  • Eskom Bursaries 2021
  • Old Mutual Bursaries 2021
  • National Youth Development Agency Bursaries 2021
  • SARS Bursaries 2021

Information on these bursaries and other funding opportunities can be found at https://zabusaries.com.

For more information regarding financial aid, students can contact the University of Pretoria Financial Aid Department on finaidquery@up.ac.za. For urgent bursary matters students can also contact Setumisho Motlalepula from the Finance Department on motlalepula.setumisho@up.ac.za

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