All prospective students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee which covers administrative costs.
Enrolment fees are debited to a student’s account and are payable annually.
The down-payment is the first advance payment towards tuition fees. The amount will be credited towards your student fees account.
Tuition fees are calculated according to the number of modules elected or the study programme the applicant has applied for. These fees vary. A detailed account can only be provided once an applicant has registered at NMMU for a particular programme.
Students who have been accepted into one of NMMU’s residences will be required to pay a down-payment payable before registration, a residence breakage deposit as well as payment towards meals provided by the university. More information on fees, and the Student Accounts Guide, can be found under Financial Information.
Scholar Merit Awards
The Scholar Merit Award scheme rewards top performing students for the marks achieved in the final grade 12 exams. The better the student’s marks, the greater the discount on their fees. No application is necessary – the bursary is awarded automatically. Points are awarded for the symbols obtained in each of your seven NSC subjects and the amount is linked to the total merit points achieved.
NMMU Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships
The Vice-Chancellor recently introduced a premier scholarship to top achievers in the country. The scholarship, valued at R60 000 a year, is renewable annually for the first undergraduate degree or diploma, provided academic performance remains of the highest standard. Up to 25 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are granted each year. For more information phone: Marketing & Corporate Relations on (041) 504 3084.
Student Merit Bursaries
Returning students automatically qualify for merit bursaries based on the final results in their previous year of study. Students who pass all their modules, at first attempt, with a weighted average mark of 70% (subject to change) or higher, receive a student merit bursary, the rand value of which is determined on a sliding scale. The minimum value is R3000. This award is only made to SA citizens.
The NMMU Sport Bureau offers sport bursaries of varying amounts to those who have demonstrated the ability to play sport at a high level of competition. Application forms are available from their office. E-mail: Charmaine.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (041) 504 2496. Closing date: Before the end of October each year.
National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
NSFAS is a government loan scheme, with the added incentive of a maximum of 40% being converted into a non-repayable bursary depending on academic performance. The purpose of these loans is to assist financially-needy students who have the academic potential to succeed. As loans do not necessarily cover all costs, students are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources. Only students whose GROSS combined family income (mother and father) does not exceed R140 000 per annum need apply. Application must be made on the prescribed application form BEFORE 30 October each year. Application forms are available from all financial aid offices from May each year. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
Bursaries administered by NMMU
Bursaries are also available to full-time students using funds provided by private donors or trustees. Applications for financial assistance from funds administered by NMMU must be made on a financial aid application form. Application forms can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office on South Campus.
Before registering as a student, you need to determine whether or not you will have sufficient funds to finance your studies. In addition to the actual study programme/module fees, you should also budget for books, equipment, transport, accommodation and general living expenses which are excluded from your tuition fees.
Estimated fees/costs can be obtained on these pages.
Loans are awarded to applicants based on their need and family income. Loans are also always linked to interest rates. If you receive a loan you would be required to repay the loan in full as well as the accumulated interest.
Bursaries vary in amounts and professions and are given to students in order to further their studies. In return for funding your studies, the company may require you to repay them by signing a work contract with them. Another type of bursary is a donor bursary (a bursary awarded to a deserving candidate in a specific field of study or in recognition for his/her work in a specific field of study).
A scholarship is a financial award usually given to students based on their outstanding academic achievements. Recipients are not always expected to repay or work back the money they receive.
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