NSFAS Articles

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme aims to grant access to higher education through a NSFAS bursary or a NSFAS loan. One question that has popped up is: will NSFAS fund me if I received a Higher Certificate and want to pursue a degree?

Annually, numerous students seek NSFAS funding; however, not all succeed. NSFAS provides a second opportunity through appeals for those unsuccessful.

If your NSFAS applications was rejected, you can submit a NSFAS appeal. Here's how to submit a NSFAS appeal. 

NSFAS is expected to provide funding for millions of students in 2024. The amount of allowances students receive is determined by various factors, such as whether they attend classes in person or online.

More than 2 million funding applications were received by NSFAS for the 2024 academic year. The funding scheme explained delays in funding decisions. 

NSFAS offers extensive funding, along with NSFAS allowances, to deserving students in South Africa. The following are the academic criteria that university students must meet to continue receiving funding.

When applying to tertiary institutions, there is always a concern about how you will pay the tuition. This is when you may come across NSFAS, though there is still some confusion over whether or not NSFAS is a bursary or a loan. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme supports access to higher education through NSFAS funding and loans for the missing middle. A common inquiry is whether a student with a partial bursary would be eligible for a NSFAS bursary.


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Latest Bursaries

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.


Silulumanzi invites students / undergraduates who are interested in joining the water industry to apply for our External Bursary Scheme in the following study fields:


The Department of Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism intends to award bursaries to qualifying applicants with a particular focus on the provincial disadvantaged communities pursuing or intending to pursue studies in economic development and environmental management-related academic courses, during the 2024 academic year.

The focus will be on the following areas or streams:

The LGSETA would like to take the opportunity to give students the chance to apply for they prestigious bursary opportunity.


Opening Date of Funding Window: 08 October 2023

Closing Date of Funding Window: 08 November 2023

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).

The City of Johannesburg Municipality is committed to provide skills development and educational opportunities, not only for its employees, but also for the Johannesburg community members.

The City is offering 200 bursaries to South African youth, who permanently reside in Johannesburg, to pursue full-time undergraduate studies in one of the following fields:

Are you planning to embark on a Master's degree study? Have you considered a career as an academic?

Then the Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) may be just for you!

The Department of Higher Education and Training is pleased to announce the implementation of Phase 2 of the Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP). 

The NESP is a three-year programme that includes a 2 year Master's scholarship followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university. 

The department offers bursaries to previously disadvantaged individuals and people with disability who are South African citizens and have successfully completed their first year of undergraduate study or those who are currently registered for postgraduate studies. However, strongly motivated applications from first-year students within the above mentioned fields of study will also be considered.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) programme to achieve the following objectives:

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.


Thuthuka Co-Development Fund (NFVF & Netherlands Film Fund)

Submission Date: 01 September - 16 October 2023, 17h00

International Bursary 

Submission Date: 18 September - 18 October 2023, 17h00

Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive for Television Projects

The Department of Tourism offers Bursary opportunities to South African graduates studying (Diploma / Degree/ Hons/ MSc/ M Tech Masters/ PhD) in fields listed below:

Cape Wools SA, in its role as service company representing the interests of the Wool Industry Forum of South Africa, recognises education, training and development as key tools in support of a viable, profitable and sustainable wool industry.

The Pecci Family has made available the sum of R200 000,00 for a bursary fund and with this as seed money it was decided at the CWSA Executive meeting on 27 November 2007 to establish a bursary fund to attract new entrants to the industry.

WIPHOLD firmly supports the wisdom expressed by former President Nelson Mandela when he said: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

WIPHOLD therefore established the Women Development Trust Fund to provide financial assistance to black women and men from disadvantaged schools so that they could pursue a tertiary qualification.

The students are selected mainly on the basis of their academic achievement but consideration is also given to how they participated in their school community.

Gauteng Department of Social Development is offering bursary opportunities to deserving students who reside in Gauteng.

Students must excel academically and must have a passion to pursue a career in the Social Sector.

Bursaries will be awarded in the following fields of study:

  • Community Development
  • Financial Management
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy

The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating public universities in Hungary. All courses available for South African students are taught in English

Date: Thu, Nov 02

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM GMT+2

Online event


Latest Funding Articles

More than 2 million funding applications were received by NSFAS for the 2024 academic year. The funding scheme explained delays in funding decisions. 

The Multichoice Bursary Scheme provides an alternative funding method for close to 200 students each year since the scheme began. Here is everything that a potential applicant would need to know about the bursary.

If when you first applied at a university or college you weren't accepted, you have another oppurtunity! CACH will help place you at a university or college. 


Aspiring teachers can now apply for a comprehensive bursary that covers all the costs of their studies. The 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary application is now open. 

Understanding the matric pass rates can be confusing so in this article, we break it down for you. In order to pass you will need to pass six of your matric subjects.