NSFAS Articles

Good news for students hoping to be funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). A new application window will soon be opened for students to have another shot at securing funding. 

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) recently opened applications for its new bursary cycle. The programme is aimed at providing financial relief to students, and is often compared to NSFAS.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides funding for students at higher education institutions. So does NSFAS still provide book vouchers now that students are using online learning? 


NSFAS funds South African students at public universities. Since UNISA is a distance learning institution, how much do UNISA students get from NSFAS for their allowances?


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. They cover funding for registration, tuition, and allowances. 


Being funded by NSFAS requires you to do a few things so that you can stay funded until you finish your qualification.

After you've been approved by NSFAS, you will then be expected to:

NSFAS provides bursaries to students who come from poor and working class backgrounds and they will pay for much more than just your fees.

If you're a person with a disability, the criteria to be funded by NSFAS is as follows:

If you are hoping to be funded by NSFAS as well as wanting to move out possibly into residence, you may be wondering is NSFAS will cover accommodation? Look no further, the answer is yes!


Latest Bursaries

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 Academy aims to address specific challenges faced by the industry, being low production skills levels, employment equity, scarce and critical skills, black economic empowerment, and the quality of skills delivery.

Are you studying one of the following qualifications: 

The purpose of the Amazon bursary aims to develop a talent pipeline for Amazon (AWS) in South Africa. Bursaries are awarded to students in fields relevant to the technology sector.

Only the following programmes will be funded:

Undergraduate Degree programmes:

  • Computer Science / Engineering and Information Technology,
  • Bachelor of Commerce (specialising in Accounting and Finance),
  • Electrical / Mechanical / Mechatronics, Civil Engineering.

Year level: First to final year students.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awards a limited number of scholarships annually. These scholarships are for postgraduate study at public Higher Education Institutions in South Africa at Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level.

South African citizens or permanent residents may apply for Masters and Doctoral programmes. Foreign nationals may only apply for Postdoctoral programmes.

Closing date: 31 October 2021

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) would like to invite learners who are presently in Grade 12 or already studying at a public university, university of technology or a TVET college to apply for an MQA bursary for the 2022 academic year.

A total of 1 000 bursary opportunities will be available for the 2022 academic year and for those that commenced with their studies in the second semester of 2021 academic year. 

The MQA Bursary Scheme only funds the following qualifications at universities and universities of technology:

The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) — established the BD Nomvete Memorial Bursary Trust Fund, which aims to provide PhD bursaries to eligible students studying in Agricultural Economics or an approved related discipline.

The bursary amount is R50 000 per annum per student over two years, with a maximum of three years.

Closing date: 16 September 2021. 

An Investec bursary is so much more than funding for your degree. Investec is highly invested in developing well-rounded individuals so that graduates are not only qualified but work ready too.

Investec will assist you with the job search and help you navigate the jump from high school to university.

Applications are open to students wanting to pursue an undergraduate university degree in the following fields

The Western Cape Provincial Treasury launched this bursary programme in 2008. Through the programme, youth will have the opportunity to access tertiary education. 

Bursaries are available to Grade 12 learners and post- and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Supply Chain Management

Closing date: 30 September 2021.

Promaths is a programme that is delivered by Kutlwano Maths, Science Technology Centre. The programme is funded by Investec and provides extra Maths and Science classes to high school learners.

The Promaths Bursary Fund is for Promaths alumni who lack the funding to pursue tertiary education.

Closing date: 30 September 2021.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)  is a German political foundation that is run by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). The KAS-SAIIA is a unique scholarship programme that provides funding to help students complete a full-year internship at SAIIA. 

In order to be considered for funding, applicants will need to be studying in parallel to:

  • Masters degree in International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Journalism

Applicants must be stidying at one of the following universities:

The Cecil Renaud scholarship is awarded to the best and brightest young South Africans. The scholarship gives South Africans the opportunity to study at universities across the UK in a number of fields.

The scholarship is open to postgraduate students who have completed or are currently studying towards an Honours degree; or a four-year undergraduate degree.

Closing date: 31 October 2021.

The South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) makes bursaries available to individuals from historically disadvantaged groups for studies to towards a BSc (Agric) or equivalent degrees majoring in Horticultural Science or Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness.

The bursary aims to ensure that graduates of colour are appropriately trained to enter the South African avocado industry to enable continued growth of the sector.

Closing date: 31 October 2021

The Mpumalanga Attorneys Council Bursary aims to fund students who reside in the Mpumalanga province to study a law qualification.

Closing date: Applications for this bursary are open all year.

If you've been hoping to study abroad, then this is your chance. Various Universities in the Republic of Cyprus are offering scholarships to qualifying students. 

The scholarship applies for the following degree levels:

  • Diploma
  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • PhD

Scholarship applications are open at the following universities:    

The Bheki Mlangeni scholarship aims to promote progressive legal education at Wits University. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving South African final-year LLB student.

The scholarship was founded by Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc. in memory of Bhekisizwe Godfrey Mlangeni.

Closing date: 18 September 2021.

The Coronation Exceptional Student Bursary is looking for students who aspire to pursue any commerce degree. In order to be considered for funding, applicants will need to have an exceptional academic track record.
Applications close 30 September 2021

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Student loans are one of the options for student funding that you may be investigating. In this mini series of articles named Pros and Cons, Bursaries Portal outlines the advantages and disadvantages of scholarships, bursaries and student loans. 

Feenix is a platform for students that allows for fundraising for students to fund their studies. This is to help students from building up debt with student loans.

Securing a financial future is important for young people, especially university students who need to acquire financial literacy skills. A lack of financial literacy can result in unwise decisions, with dire consequences which will linger for years.

You could get a job as a Covid-19 screener at a school near you where you are paid R3500 per month. This 6 month contract is open for applications until the 20th of July so apply today!

Despite the economic hardships presented by COVID-19 restrictions, constant lockdowns and South Africa’s high unemployment rate, the private sector is stepping in to ensure young South Africans are equipped with the skills, digital expertise, and progressive mindsets that will allow them to achie