Hardship Funding 2021
Wits University is cognizant of a number students who may need assistance with registration and Accommodation as a result of their socio-economic circumstances. The University has opened applications for Hardship Funding for either accommodation or registration between 05/01/2021 to 12/03/2021.
Please note that resources are limited and therefore funding is not guaranteed. All students therefore are encouraged to continue to seek alternate funding as the criteria will be strictly applied.
NB. This is not a bursary, it is only to assist with registration
Students who apply must be eligible according to the criteria set below.
1.HARDSHIP FUND CRITERIA
Students who have a gross household income less than R600 000 per annum.
Returning students who have obtained a minimum average prior year mark of 50% and above.
Students who stay further than a 30km radius from the university will be considered.
Accommodation in a Wits accredited on- or off-campus residence facility only.
Please note: Hardship funding is NOT granted for:
Students who are eligible for the DHET Government Bursary (New NSFAS i.e. FTEN from 2018)
Students registered for Non-Degree courses eg. Diplomas and Certificates in the prior academic
Students registered as Part-time in prior academic year.
Students who received hardship in previous academic year.
2.HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE UNIVERSITY HARDSHIP FUND?
Login to student self-service portal
Click on the “Council Hardship Application” tile
Select from the drop down list “Begin New Application”
Select from the drop down list “Level of Study”
Select from the drop down list “Application type”
At this stage the hardship criteria rules will apply.
If you are eligible the terms and conditions page will open.
Ensure that you read and understand all the terms and conditions before proceeding with the application.
Please ensure that the following documents are ready as you will be required to upload them on the
Student centre tile on the self-service portal as part of the application process.
1.50% of outstanding balance
a) Detailed motivation letter (which includes details on student’s effort to secure funding).
b) Proof of gross household income (Combined income before deductions of income earning
Members in a household must be less than R600k). It must be a salary advice or any other
proof of income, no affidavit will be accepted. Where necessary the University will verify income. Consent form will be required.
c) Copy of parents or guardian identity documents.
d) Consent form to verify household income.
2.Wits Accommodation Deposit/Full accommodation
a) Detailed Affidavit (which includes details on student’s effort to secure funding and student Circumstances)
b) Proof of gross household income (Combined income before deductions of income earning Members in a household must be less than R600k). It must be a salary advice, no affidavit will be accepted.
Please send any queries to the below respective email addresses:
For Tuition queries:
For Accommodation queries:
Hardship Consent Form: Hardship Fund Background Information: