UNISA Student Funding: Bursaries And Loan – How To Apply 2021

Hi, are you a student at UNISA and finding it hard to pay your tuition fees? Then UNISA Student Funding that includes both Unisa Bursaries and Loan is here to assist you financially.

In this article, you will explore so many kinds of student funding including undergraduate, postgraduate, Masters, Doctorate UNISA Student Funding bursaries, and the NSFAS Funding.

UNISA Student Funding

The main aim of the Unisa Student funding is to assist financially needy and academically deserving students. Over the years, UNISA have empowered over twenty thousand Student with their student funding Directorate.

UNISA Student Funding: UNISA Bursaries For Undergraduate

Below are the Bursaries for Undergraduate Qualifications

Mining Qualifications Authority bursary

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the Mining and Minerals Sector in terms of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998.

The MQA would like to invite learners who intend studying towards a career within the mining and minerals sector, to apply for an MQA bursary. The MQA bursary scheme is open to qualifying learners who are currently in Grade 12 and who intend studying during 2021 or current students who are already studying towards a certificate, diploma or degree at a public university, university of technology or a TVET college.

Click here for more information and the application process. Click here for the application form.

Unisa merit bursary

Bursary conditions

  • Students must have obtained an average of at least 75% and above in their previous year of study.
  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens registered for a formal qualification in any discipline at Unisa.
  • The bursary covers tuition fees and prescribed textbooks only.
  • Awards will only be made if there is sufficient funding.
  • Students who received the bursary in 2019 do not need to apply. Such students must, however, meet the 75% average to be considered for the bursary in 2020.

Required documents

The following documents are required:

  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of household income
  • Parents IDs (for dependent applicants)
  • Academic record

Click here for the merit bursary guidelines.

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. Bursary awards are categorized according to sector requirements, with due consideration of the National Skills Development Strategy III, compiled by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Click here for the bursary criteria, application procedure and application deadline.

UNISA Post-Graduate Diplomas and Honor Degrees Bursaries

The next application period for this bursary will open in November 2020.

Conditions of the 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.
  • Awards will only be made if there is sufficient funding. The number of modules funded may be limited.
  • A selection committee will convene to consider applications and to decide the amounts awarded to successful applications. The decision of the selection committee is final.
  • Applications for a second year of study will only be considered if the applicant passed the modules that were funded in the previous year of study.
  • The bursary will not cover modules that were previously failed.
  • Preference will be given to students who completed their undergraduate qualifications at Unisa.
  • The following documents are required:
    • Copy of ID
    • Academic record

Click here for the honours bursary guidelines.

UNISA Bursaries: master’s and doctoral degrees

Some Bursaries Under this Category are as follows:

Master’s degree by dissertation & doctoral studies


The next application period for this bursary will open in November 2020.

(Only online applications will be considered. No hardcopy or e-mail applications will be accepted.)

Background

Download the 2020 master’s & doctoral motivation form, which must be completed by both the student and the supervisor. The completed form may only be submitted online. 

Requirements

The following requirements are for master’s degrees by dissertation, doctoral studies and for the experimental research bursary:

  1. A completed and approved research proposal module at Unisa (please note that this bursary does not cover the research proposal module).
  2. A supervisor’s report for both first-time bursary applicants and re-applying students, which recommends financial support on the basis of quality submissions (eg research chapters submitted, data analyses).
  3. Approval by the Master’s and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on academic progress, standard of work submitted, prioritisation of research fields, innovative specialisations and appropriate methodology.

Please note:

  • Awards are dependent on available funding.
  • An application for funding should be submitted each year and a budget provided that does not exceed the amount stipulated per year.
  • The closing date for applications is 31 January 2020.
  • NO late and / or incomplete applications will be considered.
  • Click here for the master’s and doctoral bursary guidelines.

Master’s degree by coursework 


The next application period for this bursary will open in November 2020.

(Only online applications will be considered. No hardcopy or e-mail applications will be accepted.)

Background

Download the 2020 master’s & doctoral motivation form, which must be completed by both the student and the supervisor. The completed form may only be submitted online.

Requirements

Candidates may be eligible for a bursary if they comply with the following criteria:

  1. Have passed two modules towards a coursework master’s degree.
  2. A supervisor’s report that recommends financial support on the grounds of academic performance in the coursework modules already completed.
  3. Approval by the Master’s and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on coursework modules already completed and a supervisor’s report.

Please note:

  • The closing date for applications is 31 January 2020.
  • NO late and / or incomplete applications will be considered.
  • Click here for the master’s and doctoral bursary guidelines.

NSFAS Funding 

If you have not received an application reference number, your NSFAS application was incomplete / not successfully submitted and will not, therefore, be evaluated.

Application outcomes will be communicated, starting from January. Please note that your application will not be considered if

  • you already have NSFAS funding for 2019.
  • you already have an undergraduate degree / diploma or postgraduate degree, with the following exceptions:
    • BTech – Architecture / Architectural Technology
    • BTech – Engineering (all disciplines), Cartography, Forestry
    • BTech – Biokinetics, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology
    • BTech – Chiropractic, Homoeopathy, all Nursing
    • BTech – Clinical or Dental Technology, Emergency Medical Care
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
    • LLB

Registration

You must register during Unisa’s registration period (3 – 24 January 2020), provided that your NSFAS application has been provisionally approved.

  • If your NSFAS application is provisionally approved, you do not need to pay the registration fee. Your registration fee and allowances will be paid to Unisa by NSFAS, provided that you sign a NSFAS bursary agreement form.
  • If your NSFAS application is rejected, you may appeal during the appeal period. Click here for the 2020 NSFAS appeal form. Please note that the closing date for appeals is 31 January 2020.
    • New applicants must appeal directly with NSFAS: www.nsfas.org.za
    • Returning students (who were funded in 2019) must appeal via the institution if you were excluded for any of the reasons below. Please note that you will be required to pay your registration fee while your appeal is being evaluated.

 

I am exceeding my permitted number of years of study –NSFAS enforces the N+2 rule. This means that students have an additional two years to complete their degree and ceases to fund a student for longer than this period. Should there be a reason for you exceeding the N+2 rule, and this reason is substantive in nature, such as a death of an immediate family member or hospitalisation, please provide relevant, certified supporting documents to this effect.
Request to change programme of study –NSFAS will only fund approved courses and the N+2 rule still applies as indicated above.
Loss of bursary sponsor –If you were sponsored for your studies by another entity or person in the past, but subsequently lost this sponsorship, please provide proof of the loss of sponsorship on official letterheads. An NSFAS application form, together with all required supporting documentation, needs to be completed and submitted with this form.
Incorrect academic results submitted resulting in non-renewal of funding –If you believe your funding has not been renewed due to erroneous academic results submitted by the institution to NSFAS, please attach an official academic results transcript.
Failure to meet academic performance requirements –NSFAS is aware that there are many circumstances that may lead to students not being able to meet academic performance requirements. These may include, but are not limited to, medical conditions, death of an immediate family member, and so on. Please submit substantive documents to provide proof of these circumstances.
Other –If there are any other reasons you believe that your application meets the NSFAS requirements for funding that has not been considered above, please explain these circumstances and provide relevant supporting documentation.

 

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