University of Johannesburg Bursaries

By | September 1, 2023

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University of Johannesburg Bursaries

At the University of Johannesburg, as at all other tertiary institutions, you have to PAY TO STUDY. There are NO FREE COURSES and the fees at universities are high. Make sure you have enough funding to pay for your course BEFORE you apply. If you are accepted and you do not pay for your studies, you may be held responsible for the outstanding amount. The contract you sign with UJ is legally binding and if you are over 18, you become responsible for any debt. Students often see the tuition fees and think that these are the only costs to be paid but tuition fees are only a part of the total cost of a year at UJ.

How can you pay for your studies?

There are a number of ways to fund your studies. If you are very lucky your family can pay for you and support you – OR you might qualify for a scholarship – OR you can try to apply for a bank loan – OR you can try to apply for a bursary.


At UJ we offer Merit Bursaries to students who have achieved exceptional academic results. For example if you obtain an Admission Point Score (APS) of between 40 and 42 (70% plus) you can get a 50% discount on your tuition fees.

If you need financial assistance, visit the following websites. They list the majority of bursaries available in South Africa. Please note each bursary has specific requirements so make sure you comply with these before applying.

Bursary websites:


​​​​​​Student Finance

Student Finance is a support division and is responsible for delivering accurate student account statements. Student Finance strives to give excellent service to all students, parents, sponsors, donors and external clients.

The Student Debtors Department is a decentralized division with a full debtors’ service on all campuses. The Bursary Department has dedicated offices based on each of the four campuses.

Payments of student accounts can be made at the cashiers on campus only for debit and credit card payments or by bank guaranteed cheque​​. Payments can also be made at any Absa Bank. Online payments (e-payments) can also be made by debit and credit card. Electronic payments via your internet banking can be made directly into the University’s bank account, by using your student number or identity number in the reference column.

Existing students with a student n​​​umber must use the following bank account with the student number in the reference column:

Bank: Absa
Branch: Auckland Park
Account number: 28 4018 9565
Branch Code: 632005

Students without a student number must use the following bank account with the student’s identity number in the reference column or, if you are a sponsor you could use the company’s name in the reference column.

Bank: Absa
Branch: Auckland Park
Account number: 32 4014 1018
Branch Code: 632005​

How to use E-Payment,click here.​

For online E-Payment,click​ here.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme

The University of Johannesburg offers a loan option for financially needy and academically deserving students. It is called a NSFAS loan, which is an acronym for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. A NSFAS loan is an amount of money you borrow from NSFAS to cover the costs associated with your tertiary studies. NSFAS is a statutory body, funded primarily by South Africa’s National Department of Education, providing study loans to academically able but financially needy students who wish to study at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions.

NSFAS has appointed the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to administer funds on its behalf. The loan is for full-time undergraduate students with South African citizenship. A NSFAS loan may be used to pay tuition fees, books and University accommodation fees. Students must apply annually, prior to each year of study for a NSFAS student loan.

Important Student Finance Documentation
University of Johannesburg – Under and Postgraduate​: Bursaries
External Sponsor Bursaries and Loans: External Sponsor Bursaries and Loans
Payment information and outstanding student fees:​ ​​2016 Student Finance information​​​