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How To Pay For Your Studies At Rhodes University


Looking to study at Rhodes University but need to figure out how your're gonna pay those fees? No worries, there are many funding options available for you.

Sorting out how you're going to pay for you University fees and getting it out of the way will have so much stress be loaded off from you. It's important to apply for bursaries, student loans or any type of funding as soon as you can so that everything can be sorted and you can just focus on your studies.

Here are some funding options should you wish to study at Rhodes University:

The Rhodes University Charles Bryars Scholarship: Normally intended for those planning on studying organ as a major instrument all instruments are considered eligible while studying for one of the following degrees: BMus, BA or BSc. This bursary is worth approximately R40,000.

Robert B Lloyd Bursary: Awarded on the recommendation of the Head of Department of Music to a promising male student in the BMus degree course. If there is no eligible student in this category consideration will be given to a student registered for a Masters degree or higher in music. The amount for this bursary is approximately R10,000.

Rupert Onderwysstigting Prize: Awarded on the recommendation of the Head of Department, this bursary is worth approximately R1,500.

Lamond Paterson Scholarship: This is for third and/or fourth year students only. The amount per year is approximately R7,500. The recipient must display talent for performing classical music composed before the year 1950, particularly in Solo Recital or in Chamber Music.

Raymond Pullen Bursary: Administered by the Research Office, this award is made on the recommendation of the Head of Department. This is only applicable for postgraduate (MMus and PhD) students. The amount for this bursary is around R60, 000.00 Applicant wishing to be considered, must submit evidence of other funding received. It is awarded for up to MMus2 and PhD3.

Grahamstown Training College Fund: The value of the bursary is approximately R15,000.

Stephen McFarlane Tenor Scholarhip: This bursary is awarded to a promising male tenor student. The value of the bursary is R2,000.

The William Waddell Bursary Trust: The William Waddell Bursary Trust offers several bursaries to exceptional students wishing to read for a degree in Zoology, Entomology or Marine Biology. The award may be held in addition to any grants obtained from statutory bodies. Applicants should address enquiries to the Head of Department and include a certified copy of their academic record and the names and addresses of two referees.

Sutherland Old Rhodian Sports Bursary: This bursary is awarded to a first year student who, in the view of the Committee, has excelled in sport during his/her time at high school – with more focus on his/her matric year. The Bursary is tenable for one year and may be re-awarded (it does not include accommodation).

The Ally Weakly Rugby Fund: This bursary is awarded to a current member of Rhodes Rugby Club who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, will make significant contribution to the spirit and achievement of Rhodes Rugby Club. The Bursary is tenable for one year at a time and may be re-awarded. The value of this bursary is dependent on what is currently available on the Fund.

Sports Council Scholarships: These are small bursaries awarded to students who have been awarded Half Colours; Colours; and Honours by the Colours Committee for their achievements during the year and they range from R2,500 to R10,000. Individuals are not required to apply for these bursaries because their club committees apply on their behalf. Committees are invited to present their motivations to the Colours Committee between August – September each year.

Special Merit Awards: Awarded to students who apply for first year. ranges from paying R32,900 to full tuition fees. Dependent on how the students performed in final year of high school.  

DHET Bursary Scheme: This is a financial aid programme that provides fully-subsidised funding for poor and working class students at public universities. Applicants must have a combined gross family income of up to R350,000 per annum.

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.

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. Visit their website here for more information. 

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 helped students fund their studies. Read our article on Feenix here.

Banks: Many South African banks offer loans for students looking to fund their studies. 

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. 

Should you have any queries you should visit Rhodes University's financial aid office. The Undergraduate Financial Aid Offices are situated in Eden Grove. The Postgraduate Financial Aid Offices are situated in the Main Administration Block in Room 206.

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