Unisa reopens funding options for 'missing middle'

Unisa is re-opening applications for the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant from 10 to 24 November 2017.

The fee adjustment grant was initiated and funded by government to cover any fee increases at universities from 2016 to 2017.

However only students who fall into the category of the 'missing middle' would be eligible to receive this financial support.

Can I apply?

According to the Unisa website you can apply for the grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are a Unisa student currently registered for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification (formal qualification).
  • you are a South African citizen.
  • your combined family income does not exceed R600 000 per annum.
  • you will receive only a partial bursary / scholarship for the 2017 academic year that does not cover the full cost of your study (provided that your combined family income does not exceed R600 000).
  • Who does not qualify?

    You should not apply if the following statements apply to you:

    • you have already received the 2017 fee adjustment (missing middle) grant.
    • you have a combined family income of more than R600 000 per annum.
    • you have already applied for and qualify for NSFAS funding for the 2017 academic year. Qualifying NSFAS applicants will automatically be considered for the 2017 fee adjustment grant.
    • you have completed Grade 12 in 2016 at Quintile 1, 2 or 3 schools. These students will automatically be considered for the 2017 fee adjustment grant and do not need to submit an application.
    • you will receive a full cost bursary or scholarship for the 2017 academic year.
    • you are a foreign student (any student without a South African ID).

    If you qualify and would like to apply visit Unisa's application page here

    “We encourage all Unisa students who meet the necessary criteria to apply for the 2017 fee adjustment grant.”