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Funding options for Durban University of Technology (DUT) students

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If you are a DUT student looking to fund your studies, there are some options you can consider.

Funding opportunities at DUT are advertised on notice boards in the Department of Financial Aid and Scholarships, faculty offices and academic departments.


  • Awarded based on financial need & academic performance
  • May be required to pay an expected family contribution
  • Only open to full-time students
  • Closing date: 31 August (for returning students),  5 February (for new first-year students), 31 August (for new semester students)


Undergraduate Scholarship: For New Students 

  • This scholarship is made available to first-year South African students studying full-time at DUT
  • In order to be considered, you must have obtained excellent results in the National Senior Certificate 

If you have an aggregate of 80% or higher, you qualify for a 100% remission of tuition fees for your first year of registration

If you have an aggregate between 70% – 79%, you qualify for a 50% remission of tuition fees for your first year of registration

  • If you rewrote any of your matric subjects or if you took a gap year after matriculating, you will not be considered for this scholarship

Undergraduate Scholarship Award Scheme: For Returning Students

  • This scholarship is made available to second year students studying full-time at DUT
  • The student must have completed their previous year of study with distinction in their first attempt
  • An average of 75% and above means you qualify for a 50% remission of your tuition fees for your following year of study

Dean's Merit Award

  • Awarded to the best performing student in the faculty

Vice-Chancellor's Award

  • This is awarded to new students who achieve good results in the NSC exam, despite their personal circumstances.
  • The chosen students will receive a remission of their first-year tuition fees

Dux Award

  • Awarded to the top matriculant at each school
  • These students will receive remission of their tuition fees for the first year of study only.

Merit Award for Students Who Receive Other Bursaries or Scholarships

  • This is awarded to students who meet the criteria for a DUT scholarship award
  • Second-year/late semester students with an average 75% and above & first-year students with an NSC average of 70-79% will receive a R500 textbook voucher 
  • Second-year/late semester students with an average of 75% and above & First year/ late semester students with an average of 80% and above in their NSC will receive an R800 textbook voucher

All students can take up a loan in order to pay the remaining balance of their fees owed


Many South African banks offer loans to students looking to fund their studies. Read our article to find out which banks offer student loans.

ISFAP Funding: The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is government initiative to provide financial assistance to very poor, poor and “missing middle" students. Read our article on ISFAP here.

Department of Labour Bursaries: Students with disabilities qualify for (apart from any other bursaries) for bursaries from the Department of Labour and are required to apply directly at the Department for these bursaries.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme: Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Read our article on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme here.

Fundi: Fundi offers students loans to fund their studies. Visit their website here for more information.

Feenix: This is a student programme that uses the process of fundraising in order to help students fund their studies. Read our article on Feenix here.

For further financial assistance, go visit the Financial Aid office at your campus.

For funding separate from your university and their Financial Aid office, you can visit the Bursaries Portal to see which bursaries are available to you as a student.

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