UP Bursaries explained
Disclaimer. The University reserves the right to amend, without prior notice, the regulations and conditions applicable to the awarding of bursaries and loans. Please consult www.up.ac.za/fao for the latest information.
Funza Lushaka bursaries
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme is a perennial SA government scheme that promotes teaching in public schools. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to obtain a full teaching qualification in one of a variety of subject areas of national priority. Such students are also required to specialise in a phase of the BEd and PGCE teaching qualifications. Recipients of the bursary are required to teach at a school or provincial education department for the same number of years as they enjoy the benefit of the bursary.
The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens and applicants who have already been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognised higher education institution but do not already have a teaching qualification.
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover all of the recipient's essential expenses including tuition, full accommodation, meals, books and learning materials and a small allowance for monthly living expenses. Since different universities have different cost structures, the total value of a bursary at UP may differ from that at another university.
Other bursary options
You may also visit the following websites for information regarding bursaries:
- External bursaries. www.up.ac.za/fao
- PACE. www.gostudy.mobi, which lists bursaries according to field of study and includes bursary values as well as a link to specific sites
- Financial aid for studies in the field of science, engineering and technology. www.dst.gov.za/focus-areas/DST_bursary.pdf
- The Bursary Register. Prospective and registered students are encouraged to purchase The Bursary Register. This booklet provides information on everything you need to know about bursaries, scholarships and loans in South Africa. Please note that The Bursary Register does not provide application forms as each bursary indicates its own method of application and as it is not a product of the University of Pretoria.
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Study loans are available to registered students who are academically deserving and financially needy in terms of the financial means test. Study loans are approved primarily for the payment of tuition fees and are administered accordingly. Loan awards are not guaranteed and are subject to the availability of funds.
National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
Study loans are available at a special interest rate to full-time undergraduate students who are South African citizens. The loan amount is determined annually in accordance with the tuition fees, subject to the maximum amount approved by the donor. If a loan holder complies with the conditions and passes all the subjects in the final exam of the year, up to 40% of the loan amount will be converted to a bursary. Awarding of study loans is subject to registered students being financially needy in terms of the financial means test.
University of Pretoria
Awarding of study loans is subject to registered students being financially needy. Study loans are primarily approved for the payment of tuition fees and will be administered accordingly. To be considered for a UP study loan, applicants must provide two guarantors who comply with the conditions as determined by the University. UP loans are not guaranteed and are subject to the availability of funds.
The loan scheme grants loans to academically deserving and financially needy students to cover the cost of the first instalment payable upon registration. Only undergraduate students who are SA citizens, may apply. The Dean of Students will make recommendations on the allocation of the loans within the framework of approved policy. Application forms are available at the CSC on the Hatfield Campus during the registration period only. Applications close on the final date for registration for the particular academic year.
Study loans are available to registered students who have been employed permanently for more than one year or whose parents have been employed permanently for more than one year.
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Most financial institutions offer student loans.