Here's How To Fund Your Studies At UJ

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Funding your studies can be a challenge but here are some options you can try to get rid of that problem. 

Having to think of finances is a very big part of your studies but you should also not allow it to impact your studies. There are many funding options available to you and here are some of them.

Merit Bursaries: Merit bursaries will be granted based on final Grade 12 results. All other merit bursaries will automatically be allocated to your student account.

Honours Bursary: UJ offers an opportunity to candidates in specific departments to complete their Honours degree where their tuition fees are paid in full. Students may apply for a bursary only if accepted or conditionally accepted for an Honours degree at a host department. Only available in the following departments:

  • Art, Design and Architecture: Graphic Design
  • Education: Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, Mathematics Education, Science Education
  • Economics and Financial Sciences: Economics and Econometrics
  • Health Sciences: Sport and Movement Studies
  • Humanities: African Languages, Afrikaans, Anthropology and Development Studies, Communication Studies, English, French, Greek and Latin Studies, Historical Studies, Journalism, Film and Television, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Strategic Communication
  • Management: Human Resources Management; Industrial Psychology; Information Management; Information Technology Management; Logistics Management; Marketing Management; Public Management and Governance; Strategic Management; Tourism Development; Transport Economics
  • Science: Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry; Botany; Chemistry; Computer Science; Energy Studies; Geography; Geology; Informatics; Information Technology

NRF Honours and Final Year Bachelor of Technology Block Grant Bursaries:  Awarded to students pursuing full-time Honours’ and final year B Tech studies at South African public universities. Click here for more information.

External Sponsorship Bursaries: 

  • Cyril Ramaphosa Educational Trust Bursary
  • NEDBANK Once-off Sponsorship 
  • CIPLA 2020 Bursary Funding
  • Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine Proprietary Limited Bursary
  • Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine Proprietary Limited SBPM Bursary 

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.

ISFAP will only fund the following qualifications:

  • BBAcc Bachelor of Accounting 
  • B(Eng. Tech) Electrical Engineering
  • B(Eng. Tech) Mechanical Engineering
  • B(Eng) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • B(Eng)  Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Information Technology 
  • B(Eng) Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in Computer Science and Informatics

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 articles on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme here.

NSFAS: NSFAS offers fully subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans where there is up to R350,000 household income per year. This bursary includes tuition fees, learning materials allowances, transport allowances and living allowances. More information can be found 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.

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

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

If you're a postgrad student looking for funding, find information on that by clicking here

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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