University of Cape Town Undergraduate Scholarships for South Africans and Qualifying Foreigners

Undergraduate Student Funding:
UCT Undergraduate Financial Aid

Course(s) Offered: Various fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelor, etc)
Provider: University of Cape Town
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The University of Cape Town (UCT) offers scholarships for undergraduate study in South Africa to both citizens of South Africa, and foreigners with valid permanent residence status. For many decades UCT has been providing financial assistance to assist financially disadvantaged students to study at UCT.

The university offers a set-value bursary for tuition and accommodation. Only once you have registered in your faculty, and a fee account is generated, will UCT be able to calculate the bursary component of your financial assistance package. This bursary will then be credited to your fee account.

Funding Developments (2016):
The University of Cape Town is committed to providing a broad based financial assistance programme. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is introducing a Central Application System which will impact on UCT financial assistance policy. While UCT is unable at this stage to pinpoint the impact this may have, UCT does guarantee that no student/applicant who applies on time and qualifies for Aid will pay more than the expected family contribution it has determined. Thus, depending on your family circumstances, you may well be eligible to attend UCT for as little as R1 100 total contribution.

All applications are checked against the following eligibility criteria:
  • South African citizenship or permanent residency (conditions apply)
  • First undergraduate qualification, or a first diploma, or a capping diploma, will be considered for undergraduate funding
  • Financial eligibility
  • Applicant must not be under administrative order
Expected Family Contribution towards Studies:
UCT uses the government's National Means Test to determine financial eligibility. The test calculates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC).The EFC is the only amount that you and your family/guardian need to contribute towards the approved cost of attendance.

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 financial aid policy.

Eligible groups
Citizens and permanent residents of South Africa

Participating Institutions
Various faculties at University of Cape Town, South Africa

Fields of study
Undergraduate courses available at UCT

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
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.

Scholarship benefits
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.

Method of Application
Students can download the form from the website. Financial assistance at UCT is a combination of NSFAS and UCT Bursary Funding to enable students to study at UCT. To assist applicants UCT has provided a consolidated financial assistance application form for applicants to complete and UCT’s Student Financial Aid division will process the application on your behalf.

Your application for financial assistance can be done in 2 ways: 1). Download the form on-line when you apply for academic admission, check the Student Funding Tab, and submit the completed form to Student Financial Aid; OR 2). Complete the Financial Assistance Application form available in the hardcopy admissions pack and submit to Student Financial Aid.

It is important to read the General Rules & Policies, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this award

Completed financial assistance applications must be received by 31st October of application year. It is important that UCT receives your completed application by 31 October 2016.

Late and incomplete application will not be considered, it is therefore important that UCT receives your completed application by the deadline.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa.

UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and its Law and Commerce Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally.

Application Deadline: 31 October 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY South Africans)

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