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NSFAS bursaries support students who cannot afford the costs of tertiary education, enabling them to achieve their academic goals and obtain qualifications. Here’s when NSFAS applications for the 2025 bursary will open.

Thousands of South African students rely on NSFAS allowances to cover living expenses while pursuing their higher education dreams. With the academic year well underway, a crucial question remains: Who will be responsible for disbursing NSFAS allowances for the rest of 2024?

Thousands of students are expected to enrol in TVET college courses in semester 2 and will be applying for NSFAS bursaries. Here's how they can check if their application for NSFAS bursaries was successful. 

TVET College NSFAS applications are now open. Students have limited time to submit a NSFAS application and secure NSFAS funding for 2024. 

NSFAS is a lifeline for many South African students, providing financial support to attend public universities and TVET Colleges. But what if your educational journey takes a turn?

Over 1 million South African students are funded by NSFAS which provides bursaries that help cover the financial burden of obtaining a degree at a public university or TVET college. However, a recent proposal by a political party has student unions worried about potential changes to how NSFAS allocates funding.

NSFAS funding is aimed at students who cannot afford the costs associated with tertiary education. Students must submit a SARS consent form as part of their bursary application. 

Occupational programs are hands-on training programmes offered at TVET colleges that equip students with the skills they need for specific careers. NSFAS has confirmed which allowances these students will receive. 


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Latest Bursaries

Mediclinic and ER24 recognise the need for qualified healthcare professionals within the context of a global shortage of skills.

The organisation is thus granting a limited number of bursary opportunities towards course fees for persons enrolling / enrolled in the following areas of study:

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacist
  • Emergency medical care 
  • Clinical Technology

South Africa needs an increase in science and engineering graduates if we are to effectively resource the country with necessary and scarce skills to achieve goals of the National Development Plan and ensure a successful and sustainable future for our citizens.

SANSA provides post graduate degree bursaries to contribute to the national target for qualified post-graduates in science and engineering.

The main criteria used in the selection of successful applicants are financial need, academic potential and career-oriented study programmes.

NFVF provides funding for national and international bursaries and grants to organisations that offer training and development programmes that are related to the audio-visual industry.

Vodacom invites South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2025 academic year. Bursaries will be awarded for Undergraduate studies with STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The IDC bursary programme aims to help students who are academically talented but lack financial resources to pursue higher education.

The bursary is available for students studying in the following fields:

  • Engineering
  • Business and Economics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Computer Science

The Nedbank External Bursary Programme (bursary) aims to fund academically deserving students who do not have the financial means to study fulltime towards a first undergraduate degree or diploma at a South African public university or university of technology.

The aim of the bursary programme is to address South Africa's scarce-skills shortages, with a specific focus on green economy skills.

The South African Reserve Bank (the Bank), as part of addressing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, provides bursaries to students in relevant fields of study who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In support of the corporate social initiatives of the Bank and the Bank’s External Bursary Scheme (the scheme), a number of external bursaries are made available annually to needy qualifying Grade 12 pupils (external bursars) to embark on full-time studies.

Studies for which bursaries will be granted  

Citrus Academy is not an academic institution. We offer bursary support to students studying towards
agricultural-related qualifications at tertiary institutions in South Africa.

The Citrus Academy bursary is open to any person studying at a registered tertiary education institution. Students must be studying in a field related to citrus production or research.

The bursary programme is open to both matriculants looking to pursue tertiary studies and current students already enrolled at a tertiary institution.

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is a state-owned company responsible for the management, maintenance, and development of the national road network.

SANRAL believes that education is the key to unlocking our country’s potential, and we're committed to supporting deserving students on their academic journey.

The Old Mutual Bursary Programme offers the opportunity to write Africa’s story with a real African success story.

Founded in 1845 in Cape Town with no capital, Old Mutual is today a premier pan-African financial services group operating in 14 countries and rooted in the purpose of Championing Mutually Positive Futures Every Day.

Accounting Bursary

Old Mutual believes in Africa and enabling everyone in it to do great things every day.

Education grants are awarded to women from developing and middle-income countries who, upon obtainment of their degree, intend to work in, or with, a developing country to improve the lives of women and/or children.

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Applications for the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary are now open!

The GCRA bursary programme is open to all qualifying youth, with particular preference given to youth from Gauteng, who wish to study for an undergraduate and/or post-graduate programme at an accredited and registered Post School Education and Training institution in South Africa.

The bursary covers full cost of study, with conditions, as stipulated in the bursary contract.


Currently bursaries for the full time pre and post-graduate studies are granted on an annual basis to learners at the following South African universities:

Are you interested in furthering your studies? Do you believe that you can achieve a successful future but don’t have the means to study? Apply for the Royal Bafokeng Holdings Bursary today!

Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) is inviting eligible students to apply for academic tertiary funding at accredited institutions of higher learning through its RBH Bursary Fund for the 2024 academic year.  

RBH is an African community-owned investment holding company whose sole shareholder is the Royal Bafokeng Nation Development Trust (RBNDT).


Latest Funding Articles

ISFAP is specifically designed to help "missing middle" students achieve their academic goals. Now, the financial aid programme provides funding at all 26 public universities.

Dreaming of pursuing higher education at a prestigious South African university? Universities across South Africa have now opened their applications for the 2025 academic year.

Attention aspiring teachers!  Are you dreaming of a career in education? The wait for news on the highly anticipated Funza Lushaka Bursary for the 2025 academic year is almost over.

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, what we know as ISFAP, has now opened 2025 applications for both undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries. Here's how to qualify and apply for these missing middle bursaries.

Are you a South African student struggling to afford university fees? You may be eligible for an ISFAP bursary!