Important Information on bursaries and loans

Financial need


If you are not at all able to pay university fees due to financial need APPLY NOW  for financial aid for study, and submit the required supporting documents as evidence of this financial need which will be requested on the application system. The online financial aid application form will be active annually, and you require a University of Pretoria student number (u00000000) to complete the form.

The University of Pretoria guarantees no loan or bursary.

APPLY from 4 December for possible financial aid in 2024. When you apply online, remember to complete the process by pressing the SUBMIT BUTTON.

For more information on the application process click here.

Apply in the year BEFORE you study

You have to apply for financial aid during the year preceding your studies, irrespective of whether you have been admitted to study yet or not, to allow time for processing your financial aid application. Applications are received from 4 December of the year prior to study. All new first years for 2024 and current registered students must apply for possible financial aid in 2024.

Please do NOT assume that you will be awarded a bursary just because you applied. Various criteria have to be met and budgets are limited. Apply in time and submit all the required supporting documents as requested. Incomplete applications will not be processed and will thus not be considered for awards.

Thinking you do NOT need financial help?

Many students think they will not need financial aid, as they have promises for financial support from family, friends or institutions who give bursaries. However, students then find that their home circumstances suddenly change, or their bursary promise or NSFAS funding fails to realise and they are then unable to pay for their studies. Students in final year are convinced they will graduate, but then fail to meet all the graduation requirements and need to register for another year. It is therefore VERY important to APPLY for financial aid on the University of Pretoria web page Financial Aid Process, as well as have a back-up financial plan in case this application is not successful.



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