Funding For Unisa Students

Unisa is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone. Here's some ways to be funded if you choose to study at Unisa.

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Unisa is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone. Here's some ways to be funded if you choose to study at Unisa.

Unisa offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas. How far you get with your studies is entirely up to you. Unisa offers degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. This gives you the option of studying for as long as you wish and within your own time frame.

Unisa uses alternative teaching and learning methods which therefore has many individuals questioning whether funding is available for those who wish to study with Unisa.

OER Funding: OER stands for Open Educational Resources and are often funded through foundations. Visit this Unisa webpage here to find out more information on OER funding.(link is external)

Unisa Merit Bursary: Students must have obtained an average of at least 75% and above in their previous year of study. The bursary covers tuition fees and prescribed textbooks only.

Transport Education Training Authority bursaries: The Transport Education Training Authority awards bursaries annually for studies aligned to critical and scarce skills identified in the transport sector. Unisa honours bursary: The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens registered for an honours qualification in any discipline at Unisa. The bursary covers tuition fees only.

BANKSETA Lesedi Bursary Scheme for Unisa CTA Level 2: Unisa's College of Accounting Sciences invites applications for the BANKSETA Lesedi Bursary Scheme from students who have already been accepted at Unisa to study CTA Level 2.

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. More information can be found here(link is external).

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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NSFAS Articles

NSFAS applications are open for students who need funding for their studies in 2022. Here's when applications will close. 

NSFAS applications are officially open, but in order to stand a chance at securing funding, you'll need to apply. Here's how you can go about applying online.

If you've been struggling to complete your NSFAS application because your school isn't listed, NSFAS has clarified what you should do to move to the next step of your application process. 

With the NSFAS applications currently open for 2022, the bursary scheme has encouraged qualifying students to submit their applications. If you have already applied and would like to reset your details, here is how you can do it.

The NSFAS bursary covers a range of student needs to help you through your tertiary career.