Types of Funding Available for Students

The are various forms of funding for people who wish to study but can't afford to do so. If you are struggling to find a way to fund you studies, here are some options.


There are many different types of funding available for student you require financial assist. There are scholarships, student, fellowships and many other options

These are the types of funding that you will find:


Scholarships are a financial sponsorships, that are awarded to students who excel academically or in a sports. They can either cover the students full tuition fees or a portion of it. 

When receiving or applying for sponsorships, there is requirement or a criteria that that student has to follow, like keeping a certain average in their results or playing a specific sport. 

The advantage of a scholarship is that the student does not need to pay the back, unless they don't meet the requirements throughout their studies. 

Study loans

As student or study loan is when a student borrows from an institution or a bank that they have to pay back once they find employment. 

Different loans charge interest differently, it is important to know how the loan you intend to take charges interest. Some institutions have higher interest rates than others. It is important to note that when applying for a study load, you should make sure that the institution is registered to prove this loan to avoid future complications. 

Government and Private Company Bursaries

Government and private company bursaries are academic sponsorships that are provided to students who either excel academically or require funding for their tertiary education. 

This kind of funding covers full costs of study including study material, tuition, accommodation and sometimes pocket money for living expenses. In some cases students are meant to pay the bursary back in forms of providing service to the company or institution. If the student has to retake a module, it is likely that they have to fund that module themselves

Private companies usually award bursaries to students bursaries in fields of learning that will be useful to the company and are likely to employ the student after their studies are complete as a way for the student to pay them back 

Government bursaries have a similar method by this only applies for jobs or services that the government provides, like teachers or certain types of lawyers.


A fellowship is a merit-based scholarship for advanced study of an academic subject given to subsidize the cost of education. 

Fellowship usually scholarships for people who have already earned their college degree and who are pursuing additional education. Like jobs that require PhD's or other post graduate qualifications

Similar to bursaries, fellowships also students to repay the costs by offering the company or institution a service in the field of their studies.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a bursary that gives underprivilege students are chance to study at their expense. The NSFAS bursary is awarded to all students with the household income of below R350 000 per annum. 

The bursary covers full costs of study including study material, tuition, accommodation and sometimes pocket money for living expenses, as long as the student passes 50% of their modules. 

The NSFAS bursary does not need to be paid back by the student after having completed their studies. 


Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is a Support and Funding model for financially needy students that fall under the categories of "poor" and "missing middle" students. 

These financially needy student are in a position where they do not qualify for NSFAS but, are are not able to fund themselves. The bursary is for students with a household income between R350 000 and R600 000

The bursary covers full costs of study including study material, tuition, accommodation and sometimes pocket money for living expenses.


Feenix is a student programme that uses the process of crowfunding in order to help students fund their studies.  They assist students with avoiding an accumulation of debt which would have brought about issues while you're pursuing your studies. 

Feenix is always open to donations and collaboration in order to help fund the students of South Africa. If you wish to donate visit their website 


Fundi is a South African Education Finance specialist. They strive to help students achieve their dreams, by covering the costs of attending tertiary institutions.

The cover study loans, short courses, accommodation loans, executive loans, MBA funding, study device loans adn educational tools. 

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