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Before registering as a student, you need to determine whether you will have sufficient funds to finance your studies.

Costs involved in higher education include:

  • Registration, enrollment & tuition fees;
  • Textbooks, study material & stationery;
  • Sports equipment (if applicable);
  • Travel and transport;
  • Meals;
  • On- or off-campus accommodation and general living expenses.

Nelson Mandela University offers financial assistance to full-time students in the form of bursaries, merit awards, Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships and study loans. Assistance is based on financial need and/or academic excellence and sporting achievements. These awards will not necessarily cover all costs, and cannot be granted to all candidates who apply. The university also provides financial assistance in collaboration with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for qualifying students. Applications for NSFAS loans must be made directly on the NSFAS website ( 

Scholar Merit and Student Merit awards are awarded to top academic achievers annually, and no application is required. Bursaries and sponsorships are available to students who fulfil specific criteria as required by the various sponsors.

At Nelson Mandela University we believe in fostering excellence and have developed a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Programme that recognises and rewards high achievers (see link below).