How to fund your Postgraduate Studies

By Isabelle Coetzee

During his State of the Nation Address (SONA), president Cyril Ramaphosa pointed out that nearly one million students are currently enrolled in higher education.

He confirmed that fee-free higher education will be available to poor and working-class South Africans.

“Starting this year, free higher education and training will be available to first year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R350,000,” said Ramaphosa.

This is a step in the right direction. However, what will happen to students who would like to pursue postgraduate studies?

Unfortunately, the government won’t provide funding for these students. However, there are other ways to fund postgraduate studies.

Financial aid at universities

Every university offers its own variant of financial aid.

Some have extensive booklets detailing bursaries and scholarships, while others simply have representatives who will explain what’s available.

To help you figure out what’s available, we created a map of South African universities with the correct link to their postgraduate funding programmes.

External bursaries and scholarships

If you’d prefer to find funding outside of your preferred tertiary institution, you can also have a look at the following websites:

Taking out a student loan

If you’re unable to find a bursary or scholarship for your preferred course, you might still be eligible to take out a student loan.

You can approach any of the main South African banks for a student loan, as well as a handful of private companies.

Here’s a list of the most popular choices:

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