Financial aid is comprehensive funding based on approved costs of study. The most financially needy students could pay as little as R1 100 or less towards their cost of study each year.
NSFAS will allocate funding to eligible students based on their approved cost of study. However, many students have a significant shortfall. UCT assists these financially needy students with a bursary to cover the shortfall.
Please see the examples tab for details of how the UCT administered bursaries help cover the funding shortfall.
Eligibility criteria for financial aid
UCT will receive from NSFAS the relevant NSFAS financial aid application information to enable us to determine whether you meet the UCT criteria for financial aid, to assist with covering your shortfall.
All applications are checked against the following eligibility criteria:
- South African citizenship or permanent residency (conditions apply)
- First undergraduate qualification
- Financial eligibility
- Applicant must not be under administrative order
Expected Family Contribution towards Studies
NSFAS uses a national test to determine eligibility and also the EFC. The EFC is the only amount that you and your family/guardian need to contribute towards the approved cost of attendance. Your cost of study could be a R100 000 (tuition, residence and books), but you may only need to pay R1 100 towards that cost. The balance could be covered in a NSFAS Grant and UCT administered bursaries.
The EFC replaces the initial upfront payment required for registration and must be paid before the end of June.
Note: No student should pay more than their EFC, unless they incur costs not covered by NSFAS or financial aid policy.
How do I apply?
Use the link below to the NSFAS website to register and proceed to complete your on-line application.
How will my financial eligibility be assessed?
NSFAS will use the National Means Test financial eligibility criteria and your previous year’s academic or NSC results to determine eligibility for funding.
When will I know if I am eligible?
The outcome of your application will be communicated by NSFAS once your financial eligibility has been assessed, the NSC results are available and you have an academic admission offer from an institution.
Will all my costs be covered if I am successful?
NSFAS funding is insufficient to meet the cost of tertiary study and UCT will provide additional assistance to those that are eligible. UCT will send a confirmation of UCT top- up funding once NSFAS confirms eligibility for NSFAS funding. You will only be required to pay the UCT Expected Family Contribution.
Applicants that are not NSFAS eligible may be considered for by UCT for UCT GAP funding.
The Grant funding includes requirements that must be fulfilled by recipients. These include but are not limited to:
- Community service
- Academic pass requirements for renewal of funding
- Funding limited to duration of programme plus 1 extra year for undergraduate study
Further information on NSFAS Grants is available at www.NSFAS.org.za
Students that do not meet NSFAS eligibility requirements are offered a combination of UCT loans and bursaries within the funding policy parameters.
Can I hold other awards along with the UCT financial assistance?
Funds are limited, and we encourage students to look for other sources of funding to cover their costs. You are obliged to inform UCT of any other financial assistance or sponsorship that you receive.
Funds released are used to support other financially needy students.
Is UCT & NSFAS financial assistance renewable?
Eligible students are automatically considered for renewal based on academic performance each year and the number of years of study. No student will be funded for longer than the minimum duration of the programme plus 1 year.