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A scholarship is academic financial sponsorship awarded to an academically deserving student which consists of conditions and criteria the candidate must meet. The sponsorship awarded covers at the least a portion of the studentís tuition, if the payment made does not fully cover the fees the student or their parents have to make up the rest. The good thing about a scholarship is that the student does not have to pay any of the money back. In most cases the beneficiary of the scholarship has to maintain a certain average in terms of their marks and stick to conditions set by the sponsor. For example an athletic scholarship may require that you maintain a 60 % average and do very well in athletics.


Is academic sponsorship that covers the full costs of study including study material, tuition, accommodation and sometimes pocket money for living expenses. It is granted on the basis of financial need and/ or good academic results. A bursary is paid back in service to the company or entity that sponsored the candidate, they will have to work for the sponsor for the same amount of years they sponsored them or paid for their fees. Although a bursary covers your fees, if there is a module the student fails they will be expected to pay for it themselves.

Study Loan

A study loan refers to money borrowed to pay for academic tuition (in some instances accommodation too) that has to be paid back with interest. Different loans charge interest differently, it is important to know how the loan you intend to take charges interest. A loan should only be given out by a registered financial institution.


Details Scholarship Bursary Study Loan
Benefits Studies are paid for & with no need to pay back Studies are paid for & you stand a good chance of being employed by the company that sponsored your studies upon completion of studies Studies are paid for & loan payment required after completion of studies (depends on loan)
Repayment No payment required You pay back your sponsor in the form of service equivalent to the length of time they paid for your studies The payment options of various loans may vary but you are expected to pay back the money with interest once you are working, some loans require that the interest of the loan be paid on a monthly basis
What is covered A scholarship may cover the full costs of your academics and nothing else or a portion of other expenses, if it is a full scholarship it covers all expenses associated with your studies It covers the full expenses associated with your studies In most instances it only covers the tuition fee
Sponsor Expectations You may be expected to partake in certain activities that may be cultural or extra mural as part of the scholarship agreement, you may also be expected to maintain a certain average in terms of your marks You may be expected to pass all your modules and/or maintain a certain average You are expected to finish your studies so you can pay back the loan
What happens if you do not maintain the expected standards The scholarship is revoked but you are not expected to pay back the money The bursary is revoked and you are expected to pay back the money You are expected to pay back the money with interest

Latest Bursaries for the Year 2015

Sasol Bursaries(Closing date: 31 March 2015)

Shoprite Bursary Programme (Closing date: Not specified)

Stefanutti Stocks Bursary (Closing date: not specified)

Old Mutual Actuary Bursary and Old Mutual Accounting Bursary (Opens: 18 February 2015 & Closing date: 30 May 2015)

Aveng Bursaries (Closing date: not specified)

Implats Bursaries (Closing date: 31 March 2015)

Bowman and Gilfillan Bursaries (Closing date: 30 November 2015)

Nedbank Bursaries (Closing date: not specified)

WSP Bursaries (Closing date: 31 October 2015)

GIBB Bursaries (Closing date: not specified)

Annual Bursaries

  • Bursary opportunities at KPMG Closing dates vary
  • Cha r te red Accountant bursaries by BDO Spencer Steward. open now .
  • Deloitte Bursaries . Open Now.
  • NSFAS bursary (applications should be done at the academic insitutions) . Closing date not specified.
  • Engineering and Science bursaries by PRASA or more information call 0117731426 . Open now.
  • Bursaries managed by the University of Pretoria For more information call 0124203111. Closing date - varies.

  • Visit the following links for more information regarding Bursaries:

    Search for Busaries at the SETAs


    In the event of an individual wanting to further his/her education and cannot do so due to a lack of finances, that student is able to receive Financial Aid in the form of a Bursary, Scholarship or Student Loan in order to meet their own and South Africa`s development needs.

    Latest Scholarchips for the Year 2015

    NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship (Closing date: not specified)

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    REAP - The Rural Education Access Programme

    The Rural Education Access Programme assists students from poor rural communities to access tertiary education. REAP provides rural students with a support and development programme to enable success with their studies. It aims to develop confident young South Africans, with capacity and sound values. Visit the following link for more information.

    If you are looking to finance your studies, you could raise part of the money through a bursary and part through a loan. You would still most likely need to work part-time as well. Most people have to work their way through their studies! These links may help you to find some of the possible sources of funds. If you come across more sources of funds you think will help others, please let us know. You can comment on this page and on our Facebook Page.

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