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Fees and Financial Aid

Mindful of its role in providing access to higher education, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) offers opportunities to students who are both academically deserving and financially lacking. These students are mostly drawn from disadvantaged schools that withstand adverse conditions and a lack of resources but possess the will to succeed.

Our department operates from a Central Office that co-ordinates student funding across the university. The Central Office works closely with the faculties and departments across the university to assist students that are financially disadvantaged. 

The Department of Student Funding administers NSFAS funding as well as bursaries and scholarships. As such, we are in a position to assist students with information on funding from NSFAS, bursary sponsors or scholarship opportunities where applicable.

Services to students are provided by the Financial Aid Advisors, based in the Financial Aid office, behind the administration building (Prefabs) on the UWC main campus. 

Students who require funding information or assistance are encouraged to see their Financial Aid Advisors in their offices, who will gladly provide them with the necessary information.

Student Funding also provides donor liaison services to the various donors who provide funding and valuable support to financially needy and academically deserving students. The Financial Aid Advisors are the primary links with the donors and work closely with the donors assigned to each of them. The Central Office also works in close partnership with the private sector, public sector and non-governmental organisations to welcome and onboard any new sponsors who are keen to provide funding to students at UWC. Our donors are very important to our students, and we value donors who so generously support students of the University of the Western Cape. 

Vision and Mission 

The Financial Aid Office provides access, financial support and advisory services to all deserving students, especially learner intake from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

The primary function of the Financial Aid Office is to award and manage bursaries and bursary loans according to agreed criteria. The mandate of the Financial Aid Office is aligned to the following institutional principles regarding financial support to students:
 
  • The Financial Aid Office strives to balance responsible stewardship of all financial aid funds with the creation of a student-centred culture.  
  • We are working to establish ourselves as a leader in financial aid services when measured against peer institutions, using technology to streamline financial aid processes and constantly looking forward to meeting challenges resulting from changes in federal, state, institutional and private funding rules and economic changes. 
  • We seek to model campus-wide communication and collaboration while respecting the needs, values, and diversity of our students, parents, and colleagues

Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office provides access, financial support, and advisory services to all deserving students, especially those that are coming from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Financial Aid Office strives to balance responsible stewardship of all financial aid funds with the creation of a student-centred culture. We are working to establish ourselves as a leader in financial aid services when measured against peer institutions, using technology to streamline financial aid processes and constantly looking forward to meeting challenges resulting from changes in federal, state, institutional and private funding rules and economic changes.  We seek to model campus-wide communication and collaboration while respecting the needs, values, and diversity of our students, parents, and colleagues.

Our goal is to operate efficiently so that institutional resources are used wisely and students may pursue their academic goals without distraction.


Contact Details

Email: finaid@uwc.ac.za
Tel: 021 959 9753/2737
                                   

Services

Administration of various bursaries, trust, grants and loans.