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Top Tips when Applying for Funding and Scholarships

Applications and decisions regarding university and funding is stressful and can be confusing. Keep reading to hear some tips and tricks when applying for funding and scholarships. 


Firsly, applying isn't as stressful as you think. It can actually be pretty simple. You usually don't need more than a standard course application form and good grades. Most scholarship opportunities are usually open only to new graduate students so apply at the right time and do not delay and you put yourself in good standing! 


How to get your Fundi Card

Fundi aims to help students fund their studies in tertiary education. Fundi provides education loans to students that covers a variety of expenses so students can study without financial burden. 


After being approved for funding by Fundi, the next step is your Fundi card. The card is a payment solution which is set up like a debit card. 


Here are the steps to access and activate your Fundi Card:

Where Can I Get A Student Loan?

Are you looking for financial assistance to further your studies? The idea of a student loan may seem intimidating but researching your options will put your mind at ease and help you make an informed decision.

You can choose from a range of public and private entities.

The institutions listed below could make higher education possible through their student loan and financial scheme options.

Each entity or loan agreement has its own set of terms and conditions so a thorough investigation of application requirements and loan repayment methods is necessary.

How to Pay Accommodation with your Fundi Card

If you've been approved for Fundi funding and have just received your Fundi card, you may be wondering how you can use it. You can read about that here! To pay your accommodation fees, you will need to dial a USSD code on your mobile phone.


Step One

Dial *134*87646#  or *120*3385#. No airtime or data is needed to do this.

Step Two

Choose option 1 - Pay merchant and send

Step Three

Please enter merchant code: Your accommodation merchant will provide you with the 7-digit code  

Does Fundi fund TVET College students?

Fundi is a leading South African Education Finance specialist. They strive to help students achieve their dreams, by covering the costs relating to their tertiary education through their loans. 


Fundi funds both private and public institutions but do they fund TVET college students?

The answer is yes! You will need to check if they fund your specific TVET college or the college you want to registar at. 




Latest Bursaries

Flywire aims to award a total of seven scholarships of $5,000 USD each. These scholarships will be awarded across different themes. 

These are the themes:

  1. Social justice
  2. Global citizenship
  3. Global health

Closing date: 21 June 2021

Sanlam is offering bursaries to scholars who have enrolled to study actuarial science.

If you are a whiz at maths, enjoy a good challenge by solving difficult problems and are willing to remain focused and disciplined through years of studying and training, then you are just who Sanlam is looking for.

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for graduate students with a passion for teaching and education.

The Old Mutual Education Trust (OMET) applications are open to all participating union members and their dependents. The funding from this scholarship will allow for the pursuit of any tertiary qualification at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awards a limited number of scholarships annually. These scholarships are for postgraduate study at public Higher Education Institutions in South Africa at Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level.


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