External Bursaries / Bank Loans

External Bursaries

Our goal is to facilitate access to external donors and to assist students with the sound management of their financial resources.

Points to remember

  • Make enquiries early in the year.
  • Apply to as many donors as possible.
  • Check closing dates – many donors and sponsors will not accept late applications.
  • If you are unable to obtain financial aid, you are advised to postpone plans to attend university until you have sufficient funds.
  • You must apply directly to outside organisations for full particulars and application forms for bursaries, scholarships and loans offered by outside organisations, which have no contract commitments.

Wits DOES NOT have the application forms for the awards listed in this section.

As External Bursaries we:

  • administer the External donors and its different components, which include, among others, SASOL Bursaries, Eskom Bursary, Vodacom Bursary;
  • administer all governmental bursaries and scholarships both national and provincial


Regular Consultation Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 16:00

For more information contact:

Student Liaison Officer
Mr Premesh Shinol
Tel: (011) 717 1077
email: premesh.shinol@wits.ac.za

Bank Loans

Most major banking intuitions offer student loans at attractive interest rates. Interest rates may decrease for consecutive years of study. Normally bank loans cover the duration of study and are repaid once you start working or once you have graduated. Some banks offer a grace period to students who are completinginternships, articles or community service. In most instances you are required to repay the interest while still studying.
Sometimes surety / security is required, which means that a relative, friend or sponsor must guarantee to repay the loan if you fail to do so.

Visit your local bank to find out what products they offer students.

Here are some contacts details:
http://absa.co.za/Absacoza/Individual/Borrowing/Finance-your-Studies or tel: 0860 100 372
www.nedbank.co.za or tel: 0860 115 060
www.standardbank.co.za or tel: 0860 123 456
www.eduloan.co.za or tel: 0860 5555 44
https://www.fnb.co.za/students/life-start-student-loan.html or tel:  0861 40 40 40


Source: www.wits.ac.za/