Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

This page is intended to assist you to navigate your way through financial aid, paying for your studies, costs etc.

The latest update on finance issues will appear here. Lower down the page are links to our Financial Aid website as well as a direct link to the NSFAS website.



There is ongoing engagement on arising student finance matters through the Financial Aid Task Team. The task team’s mandate is to roll out any financial aid concessions that Council and/or Manco resolve on that fall outside the standard annual financial aid or bursary allocations. For more info...


First-time entering students
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has committed to doing all that it can to finalise the allocation of financial aid packages to first time entering students.  The university is working closely with NSFAS to assist in this process and expect this process to be finalised by the end of the week.

Returning students
Returning students who are still awaiting NSFAS to confirm funding for 2017, but meet the following four conditions will be allowed to register for 2017:

  1. They received NSFAS financial aid in 2016
  2. They satisfied the module pass requirements for the 2016 academic year
  3. They satisfy the NSFAS completion requirement for the programme
  4. They have signed their 2016 NSFAS loan agreement form


NMMU 2016 - Zero expected family contribution (EFC)
The University council resolved that only the 2016 cohort of qualifying Zero EFC students, who continue to be academically deserving, will be allowed to register with outstanding debt and be exempt from paying the down payments.

NMMU 2016 defined “Missing middle”
Council, however, did not concede to a similar request for students from the NMMU-defined missing middle cohort of 2016 (families who earn no more than R300 000) to be allowed to register while having outstanding debt and without paying the down payment.

The University would, however, consider entering into personal one-on-one agreements with students from this cohort in terms of making appropriate arrangements for outstanding financial commitments based on personal circumstances and academic merit.

The Financial Aid Task Team also asked that any returning students who may have fallen into the 2016 NMMU Missing Middle ceiling gap be identified and put on a “waiting list” should support be made available.


Students falling within the government-defined missing middle – those whose annual household income is not more than R600 000 – are eligible for an adjustment grant that effectively covers the 8% fee increase announced by the University last year. This grant covers only the difference between the 2016 and current fees, and not the full amount. In other words, these students do not have to pay the 8% increase themselves as it will be subsidised by government.

Those whose combined family income is below R600 000 must apply to receive the grant by following the link:

Students are encouraged to apply for this grant as soon as possible as the verification process includes the verification of supporting documents by an independent national to ensure applicants are in fact compliant.


The call to settle outstanding fees prior to registration is extended to those students who do not qualify for the concessions made by the University. In other words, students who do not fall under the 2016 cohort of Zero EFC and 2016 University-defined missing middle. 

2017 down-payments

Amounts payable before registration

Degree programmes, Postgraduate diplomas and related Occasional studies R 6 700 R 3 800
Diploma/Certificate programmes and related Occasional studies R 4 700 R 3 000
RESIDENCES (Students at all campuses) R 4 800 N/A

What will my course cost?

The costs for each course are worked out on an individual basis, adding up all the modules that YOU select. You can get your own personalised fee estimation by going to the Career & Study Fields page and then going to your specific course. For example, if you want to study to be an Accountant, you will go the letter "A", select "Accountant", pick the qualification to want to enrol for (e.g. BCom General Accounting), go the the "qualification details" and then ask for a "personal fee estimation" by clicking on the green button - as shown in the image below.


2018 Online applications Closing date 31 Oct 2017 No charge
Manually submitted applications Closing date 31 Oct 2017 No charge
International manually submitted Annually R500.00

For specific residence fees, please download the 2017 "Student Accounts Guide" on the right of this page.

Apply for the 8% fee reduction grant

Visit our Financial Aid website

Visit the NSFAS website