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SLAS Loan Application Process Eswatini

The procedure for applying for scholarship loan is generally the same, whether the student wishes to study in the country, in South Africa or in other recognized Universities.

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Application Procedure

It is slightly different when the student intends to study abroad, under the Joint Bilateral Agreement programme. However, in all cases the process involves three major steps, which are as follows

(i) Completion of Scholarship Application Form
(ii) Applying and getting a written acceptance letter from a recognized tertiary institution

(iii) Presenting the application form for a scholarship to the Scholarship Secretariat currently housed at the at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security with all the necessary attachments.

N.B. Presentation of the application form and meeting all the criteria stated above does not mean the automatic award of a government scholarship.

Scholarship to study in Universities overseas are awarded to :
(i) Students whose parents are diplomats. In this case, the Government provides a fixed award of E21,000.00 towards students’ costs.

(ii) Students who have been successful in contesting for scholarships that have been made officially available to the Government of Eswatini through the Joint Bilateral Agreement programmes,. in this instance, the Governments provides an air ticket and living allowance, while the donor Government covers the other costs.

In both cases students would still be required to complete the Scholarship Application Form, apply and get a written acceptance letter from the identified university and present their application to the Scholarship Secretariat.

Completion of Scholarship Application Form

** The Scholarship Application Form should be completed as soon as the student has finished writing his/her IGCSE/SGCSE examinations.
** The form is normally distributed to all Form 5 students towards the end of the academic year.

** It can also be collected physically from any Regional Education Office or the Scholarship Secretariat currently housed at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Mbabane.

** Students are cautioned to start as early as possible to complete the form as it involves consultations with and endorsement of several key witnesses such as the Chief or Indvuna of the students.

Application for College/University Admission

** Application for college or university admission normally commences as soon as HIGSCE, O’ Level,SGCSE, IGSCE results are out and the students is in possession of an authentic transcript or certificate .

** Deadlines for submission of applications differ from one institution to the next and students should also note that some universities make their admissions twice in a year.

** It should also be noted that admissions policies of universities and/or colleges are de-linked from the Ministry’s policies for the award of scholarships.

Presentation of Scholarship Application

** Students are expected to submit the Application form, with all the necessary attachments by the 30 June of each year (if requiring scholarships to study in local institutions) or 31st December of each year for those requiring scholarship to study in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

** There is no set deadline for students requiring to study overseas, as these depend on the Universities they will choose or be required to study at once the scholarship have been made available.

** Students should always insist on signing a log book upon submission of their Application Forms to the Scholarship Secretariat at Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

** No scholarship applications will be accepted after the deadline. Applications for the following year will not be received until the 1st November of each year, once students have signed their Agreement Forms.

Documents Required

All Scholarship Application Forms should be accompanied by the following attachments
** Certified copies of the applicant’s birth and academic certificates and/or symbols;

** Certified copies of the applicant’s I.D. Card or Personal Identification Number (PIN) A current passport sized photo
** An original University/College acceptance letter.
** A Graded Tax Certificate.

Award of Government Scholarship Loan

All applicants in priority areas (determined by Government from time to time) shall be called for an interview by the Scholarship Selection Board before an award is made.

Once the interviews have been conducted, notification of results shall be done through:
** Letters addressed to individual applicants.
** Lists of successful applicants grouped by the programmes they intend to pursue to be sent to the respective Universities or Colleges.

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