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South African Bursaries. How to find them?

Updated: May 24

Many scholars in South Africa struggle each year to further their studies due to the inaccessibility of bursary funds and the misinformation shared with students. We’ve also seen that most students apply for bursaries even though they don’t meet the eligibility requirements of these bursaries and that’s where you can save yourself a lot of time and effort. Let’s help you answer your burning questions.


Who qualifies for a bursary in South Africa?

The simple question here is everyone. You just need to know where to find the right funder. We encourage you to look at university financial aid offices to receive up to date information on bursary availability and eligibility. You can also use digital tools that do all the eligibility screening for you to help you apply to undergraduate or postgraduate Corporate Bursaries, like Xhuma - https://www.bursaries.xhuma.io/start


How to choose the right bursary?

Each bursary contains information about their program but you need to ensure that you prioritize your applications to opportunities that cover your Tuition, Accommodation, Books and provide you with an allowance to live off. You want as little to stress about as possible when you start your tertiary career.


Why won’t directories like ZA Bursaries and All Bursaries help you

Most of the bursary information on these sites are outdated and each of the funders don’t share their most recent requirements. You should use services that facilitate bursary applications to ensure that you’re presented with the most recent and relevant bursary information. My advice would be to start with the following financial aid offices:


UCT Career Services - https://mycareer.uct.ac.za/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2fstudents

Wits Financial Aid- https://www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/fees-and-funding/financial-aid-and-scholarships-office/latest-funding-opportunities/

Xhuma Corporate Bursary Network - https://www.bursaries.xhuma.io/start


We love to hear about your successful bursary stories. Share them with us to allow your peers to learn from your mistakes at admin@xhuma.io . Till next time.

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