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VUT Student Funding: Bursaries, Loans and Scholarships 2021

Hi, are you a student at the Vaal University of Technology(VUT) and finding it hard to pay your tuition fees? Then VUT Student Funding that includes both VUT 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 VUT Student Funding bursaries, and the Student Loan.

VUT Student Funding

VUT Student Funding: Bursaries 2021

National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS):

 NSFAS is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology established according to the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges.


How and where to apply To NSFAS

Go to the NSFAS website to register and proceed to complete your online application:

The NSFAS contact details are outlined below should you require assistance or visit your closest tertiary institution’s Financial Aid Office for further assistance.


Toll-free Number: 0860 0067 327

Merit Award (Academic) Bursary:

VUT provides financial assistance to students demonstrating academic excellence.

First-year students

First-year students can qualify for the merit award based on their final Grade 12 results. The student must hand a copy of the final matric results to the Financial Aid Office.


Senior Students

A list of senior students who qualify for a merit award is retrieved from the university IT system. Deserving students will be allocated the award based on their results during the preceding year of study. The funds are credited directly to the student’s study fees by 30 April of the academic year.

Criteria for Merit Award

  • No application required. Students can submit their academic record if the funds are not automatically allocated.
  • The student must be registered for a minimum of three courses.
  • The student must attain an overall weighted average of 75%+ in the preceding results.

NB: Exempted courses are not included in the minimum relative course weight for Merit Award purposes. An amount of R5 000 will be credited to the study fees account of the student. These awards are only for Undergraduate studies and students proceeding to BTech.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Ms B Mahalefa or Mrs C Sebueng at the following numbers:

Tel:  +27 16 950-9342/9486 or Fax: +27 16 950-9106

VUT Student Funding: Loans 2021

Bank Loan:

Various Banks In South Africa offer loans to undergraduates, Postgraduates, and other qualifications.

Fundi Loan:

Fundi offers student loans to fund their studies. Visit their website for more info and how to apply

VUT Student Funding: Scholarships 2021

National Research Foundation (NRF) Scholarship:

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 Academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for honours, masters and doctoral funding must be 28, 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Scholarships are intended to support honours, masters, and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The Call documents are available on this page: Here

Best wishes from Demportal.com Team.

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