In line with YYAS’s mission, we aim to provide African secondary school students with the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to navigate the university admissions and financial aid application processes.

It is in this spirit that we have put together this Resources Page that is meant to help focus students’ attention on those universities and colleges that provide financial aid to international students; financial aid guidelines; standardized test preparation materials; and a wide variety of other opportunities such as gap year programs, internships, writing competitions, and more. The lists provided herein are NOT comprehensive. Rather, they are meant to serve as a starting point for students who wish to pursue post-secondary studies (i.e. tertiary level education, undergraduate studies, or higher education) in Africa and around the world.

Even if you are not eligible to apply for YYAS, many of the resources herein may be useful to you. We have tried to collect information for all Arican students interested in seeking educational opportunities in their own countries, elsewhere on the African continent, or abroad. Please see the links below to begin exploring some of these options.

If you have any questions about the opportunities listed, you should contact the institution or opportunity directly to request more information. Please do NOT email YYAS with queries.

Key definitions:

Financial aid” is money provided to admitted students to help the student’s family afford the cost of university study. There are two common types of financial assistnce typically provided by universities to admitted students:
Need-based” funding is awarded by the financial aid office according to the amount of assistance needed by the family in order to cover the cost of university study. For example, if the total cost of study is USD $50,000 per year and a family can only pay USD $10,000 per year, the aid offered to an admitted student will be USD $40,000 per year. This need is demonstrated by information provided on the financial aid application (e.g. FAFSA), and is not awarded based on academic performance or other talent. 
Merit-based” funding is awarded by the admissions office without regard for the student’s financial need. The award is based solely on merit as demonstrated by high performance, talent, or unique quality. For example, students with very strong grades from school or on national exams, with advanced music or sports performance, or from a specific geographic region, may be offered merit-based funding (also known as ‘a scholarship’). Merit-based funding is awarded to whomever demonstrates this achievement or quality, regardless of the student’s financial need. Typically, merit-based funding will not cover the entire cost of study, so it is important to read each individual university’s financial aid policies and requirements very carefully. 

Application Resources & Test Preparation Materials

Colleges & Universities that Give Financial Aid and Scholarships to International Students

Education Access Organizations, Programs, Clubs & Centers in Africa

Financing Your Education (US-Focused)

Post-Graduate/Gap Year & Alternative Schools

Useful Links & Additional Materials

Writing Competitions

If you are a university, organization, education access program, etc. and would like us to add your site as an additional resource, please email us at