Pros and Cons: Student Loans

Student loans are one of the options for student funding that you may be investigating. In this mini series of articles named Pros and Cons, Bursaries Portal outlines the advantages and disadvantages of scholarships, bursaries and student loans. 

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Student loans are one of the options for student funding that you may be investigating. In this mini series of articles named Pros and Cons, Bursaries Portal outlines the advantages and disadvantages of scholarships, bursaries and student loans. 

Pros 

The interest rate on student loans may be and lower than other loans. 

You'll need to have a bank account at some point since banks are important so it's good to build a relationship early on. 

Banks like people who have varsity/college experience and so are normally flexible with payback. 

 

Cons 

It is a loan and so you will need to pay it back with interest. 

Since you need to pay it back, start your career with debt

You need to have a parent, guardian or adult with a good financial stand to sing surety (this means since you don't have assets, an adult with assets take joint responsibility with you for the loan to pay it back if you can't). 

 

Finally, research shows that people with a degree will earn more money than people who don't. If your career that you are studying for is high paying it makes sense to take a loan because you will be able to pay it back easily. If you aren't guaranteed a high paying job you may want to reconsider taking a loan. 

 

To read about the pros and cons of scholarships, click here. To read about the pros and cons of bursaries, click here.

NSFAS Articles

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After closing due to the lockdown in 2020, NSFAS has officially reopened its walk-in centre. This means hopeful applicants, as well as current NSFAS bursary holders, can visit the centre for assistance.

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