Ways To Pay For Your Studies At Tshwane University of Technology

Getting accepted at Tshwane University of Technology is a huge part of the process to securing your future. However, you're going to need to figure out how you're going to pay for your studies. We might be able to help you there.

There are many funding options available for you if you want to study at TUT. Do not decide to give up and abandon studying further just because you can't afford it. Here are some things you can try to get funded.

Academic Merit Bursaries for New Entrant First-year students: These are for first year students who are enrolling for the first time since grade 12. Only South African citizens qualify for these bursaries. You being awarded this bursary is dependent on your academic performance in your matric results. An accumulated discount is awarded based on your average in each subject. 

Academic Merit Bursaries for Undergraduate Returning Students: These are awarded to undergraduate students who continue registering to study at TUT the next year. The average percentage of each subject is calculated according to the November results and an accumulated discount for all subjects passed on a certain level will be allocated as a bursary. 

External Funding: You can find a list of external bursaries available here.

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:

  • Bachelor of Technology in Nursing
  • National Diploma in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics

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.

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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