Student funding: introduction

Student funding: introduction

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ according to South Africa’s former President, Nelson Mandela

On completion of their secondary education (matric) many of the country’s youth need to make important choices and decisions that will help to decide their future. A vast majority of the matriculants are becoming aware of the importance of furthering their learning experiences with a tertiary education (university, college or the undertaking of short courses). There is no doubt to the benefits of this decision as education opens up so many more opportunities and plays a vital role not only in the development of a person’s life, but in the development of a nation and a country. Yet in many cases the obstacles to aspiring students may seem overwhelming…low levels of income, gender inequality, language barriers, minority status, geographical isolation, and the increasingly escalating costs of education are all viewed as deterring factors.

‘Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.’ -- John F Kennedy, United States of Americas’, former-President

The countries of Angola, Namibia and South Africa are endowed with some of the finest universities and colleges on the African continent, but the question people ask is, Can the youth afford tertiary education? Don’t lose hope, because there is help at hand! DLIST recognizes that there are many of you who have overlooked the opportunity to further your studies because of the lack of financial resources and the lack of readily available information on how to access the necessary funding.

Here, DLIST provides you with information and ideas on how you can raise the financial resources you will need to finance your studies in South Africa and Namibia. Hey! the gates of learning are not closed to those who are financially needy!

The Obstacles

An increasing number of people find themselves in a situation in which they are eager to further their studies in the form of a college certificate, diploma, a university degree or a short course but struggle to find the funding to finance their studies. Generally the cost of a tertiary education is relatively high and escalating every year, which makes it very difficult and increasingly challenging for lower income families to afford. In addition to the cost of tuition fees there are the added costs of study materials, transport, books, accommodation and the expenses of university life.

Many students finance their studies though a combination of sources that may include loans from universities or banks, personal loans, scholarships, bursaries, or through part time work. In the following article we attempt to make information on funding sources available to you. We have put together a fairly comprehensive list of funding opportunities and options that you may seek out, we advise you on the options most suitable for your specific situation, also we advise you on how to go about applying for funding, and what requirements are necessary for acceptance.

Help is at hand.