SMU: How To Pay For Your Studies

If you’re applying to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and you’re thinking about how you’re going to pay for your studies, here are some options for you.

Finances are easily one of the biggest things that cause stress and anxiety. Having your finances figured out in terms of tuition fees is therefore very important. Let us help.

University Merit Bursaries for Undergraduate Students: The Unuversity offers merit bursaries to first time entering students who have performed exceptionally well in their end of year grade 12 examinations. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

HCI Foundation Bursary: Any Honours or Post-graduate Diploma course at a public university. Open to SA and Refugee students. Primarily for bursary recipients who will be returning to university and new applicants at Honours and Post-graduate Diploma level .

The Clicks Foundation bursary fund: A merit-based programme aimed at addressing scarce and critical skills in the retail and pharmaceutical healthcare industry. Confirmed South African citizenship. For students who are registered 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate Pharmacy student or registered 3rd or final year student in a scarce and critical skills area as defined by the Clicks Group from time to time. Click here for more information.

Gauteng City Region Academy Bursary: For residents of Gauteng who completed matric. Must be studying or registered and have been accepted at a higher education institution. Must be a South African citizen between 18 and 35 years of age. For more information, visit their website here.

Department of Labour Bursaries: Students with disabilities qualify for (apart from any other bursaries) for bursaries from the Department of Labour and are required to apply directly at the Department for these bursaries.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme: Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Read our article on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme here.

NSFAS: NSFAS offers fully subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans where there is up to R350,000 household income per year. This bursary includes tuition fees, learning materials allowances, transport allowances and living allowances. More information can be found here.

Fundi: Fundi offers students loans to fund their studies. Visit their website here for more information.

Feenix: This is a student programme that uses the process of fundraising in order to help students fund their studies. Read our article on Feenix here. ​​​​​​​

Banks: Many South African banks offer loans for students looking to fund their studies. Read our article to find out which banks offer student loans.

For further financial assistance, go visit the Financial Aid office at your campus.

For funding separate from your university and their Financial Aid office, you can visit the Bursaries Portal to see which bursaries are available to you as a student.