Bursaries for South African students

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South Africa Bursaries 2017 – 2018

Whether you are in Matric and looking for tertiary funding for next year or if you are a current tertiary student and seeking funding, you have probably come across the term “bursary”. If you are unsure of what a bursary is, how it works and whether you qualify, hopefully the information below will help guide you in the right direction.
 

WHAT IS A BURSARY?

Bursaries are monetary awards provided by organisations to qualifying students, who are unable to fully fund their studies. Funding is made available by a company to a student who qualifies and intends on studying further, but lacks the financial means.

Funding is generally paid directly to the institution (University/ University of Technology/ FET College)

Once students have completed their qualification, they are usually required to “work back” the bursary by taking up employment at the organisation that awarded the bursary – the duration of the bursary is usually equal to the number of years of funding received.
 

IS A BURSARY THE SAME AS A SCHOLARSHIP?

Bursaries and scholarships are not the same, however they do share some common aspects.

Where scholarships usually cover tertiary fees, bursaries cover tertiary fees and more. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit only, whereas bursaries are awarded based on academic merit and financial need.
 

WHO CAN QUALIFY FOR A BURSARY?

The requirements differ for each bursary programme, depending on the companies needs.
Most bursaries require that students meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are a South African citizen (some will allow South African permanent residents to apply)
  • You are currently in Matric or you have completed Matric
  • You have a strong academic record (some bursaries may require good academic results for Mathematics, Science, English and Accounting)
  • You are currently studying or you intend on studying within a specific field of study which is suitable for the bursary programme
  • You are studying or you have applied to study at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa
  • You have proven your financial need (by submitting your parents or guardians proof of income)

Candidates must ensure that they meet ALL of the requirements as set out by the bursary funding company. Failure to meet ALL of the requirements will result in an invalid application.
 

WHAT EXPENSES DOES A BURSARY COVER?

Bursaries usually cover the costs of full tuition fees, prescribed textbooks, personal laptop (where applicable), living allowance for meals and accommodation, and sometimes pocket money
 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BURSARY?

Before you apply for a bursary, decide which career path you would like to follow. Thereafter, you can see which bursaries are offered for that specific field.

Applying for a bursary is very simple if you follow the steps below:
1) Scroll down and find the faculty within which you will be studying (i.e. Accounting/ Medicine/ Commerce/ Education/ Law)
2) Have a look at the bursaries offered for your field of study.
2) Read the bursary requirements and see if you qualify.
3) If you meet the bursary requirements, apply for the bursary via the instructions on the particular bursary page – this will either involve downloading and completing an application form or by applying online.

If you are still unsure, you are welcome to contact the bursary provider via the provided contact details.
 

SOME FINAL TIPS FOR APPLYING FOR A BURSARY

Ensure that you complete the entire application form in full and do not leave any blank spaces.

  • If the application form says “complete the application form in black ink, in BLOCK LETTERS”, then follow these rules – there is a reason for this and the rule should not be disobeyed.
  • Always submit your application early or on the date of the deadline. Note that some bursary applications must be in at 12:00 or at 17:00 of the application closing date – rather be safe and submit early.
  • Always be honest of your application – do not waste your time (and the companies time) by submitting false information, every aspect of your application will be thoroughly inspected.
  • Ensure that your supporting documents are certified (where applicable), preferably within the last 3 months.
  • If there is anything you are unsure of, contact the bursary provider directly rather than making any assumptions.

 


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