NSFAS Articles

Many tertiary institutions have made undergraduate courses available to students online. Keep reading to find out if NSFAS will fund students who are planning to enrol in an online undergraduate course.

If you have had an unsuccessful NSFAS application and are looking to appeal but the appeal tab is not visible, then keep reading to find out what you can do about it.

If you are a returning student, you could still qualify for NSFAS funding. Here are the NSFAS requirements for returning students. 

If you are trying to gain access to your myNSFAS account but can't because it says that your 'ID number does not exist', here's what you can do to fix this. 

If you applied for NSFAS funding and received the Non-Sassa Declaration message from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, you are probably wondering what it means. Keep reading to find out.

It is important that you understand your NSFAS application status when you have applied for NSFAS funding. Here's what your 'Appeal Approved' applications status means.

The NSFAS bursary is one the most well-known bursaries in South Africa, and this is why they receive thousands of applications every year. But do they fund social work courses?

When you have had an unsuccessful NSFAS application, you are allowed to appeal. You will notice once you have appealed the status of your NSFAS application, your NSFAS status will change to 'active appeal' so keep reading to find out what it means.


Latest Bursaries

Come and join the SAMRC/CPUT Cardiometabolic Health Research Unit as a Masters or PhD candidate in year 2023.

The research unit's focuses are aimed at integrating genetic mechanisms and risk factors associated with obesity, diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney diseases in South Africa setting.


 SANSA is providing post graduate degree bursaries to students hoping to contribute to science and engineering. 

For the 2022 academic year successful applicants will receive bursaries with values as stated below:

  • Hons – R100 000 (one year).
  • Masters – R120 000 per year for two years.
  • PhD – R140 000 per year for three years.

The scarcity of talent in South Africa and globally makes it essential for Sasol to ensure continuous availability of skills to sustain our growth. The Sasol Bursary programmes for South African youth are a critical talent lever to enable us to meet our strategic and transformation talent objectives.

Sasol has established a reputation in the market as an employer of choice and has been voted Employer of Choice in the Chemicals and Energy sector, by graduates on the SAGEA employer survey, for five consecutive years.

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 2023 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:

SA Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA) came into existence with the purpose of addressing a dilemma that developed over the years regarding the lack of new technology for self- or open-pollinated grain and oilseed crops in South Africa.

The relevant crops are: Wheat, Barley, Oats, Soya Beans and some Canola cultivars.

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 fourth edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South Africa National Young Talents Programme aims to promote and encourage the participation of young African women in science. This programme identifies and rewards talented young female scientists in the field of Formal sciences, Life sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and Technological sciences.

The Italian Government is offering grants for foreign citizens and Italian citizens living abroad to study, pursue training or research programmes at public and recognized Italian higher education institutions in Italy.

Closing date: 09 June 2022

PAMSA Bursary Programme 2023-2024

Our Masters of Engineering bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2023/2024 intake. 

We are offering eligible BSc final year students and graduates a R320,000 bursary and an avenue towards an exciting career in our sector.

Every year, the PAMSA Master in Chemical Engineering bursary programme accepts applications from Bachelor of Science chemical engineering final-year students or graduates.

Applications for Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) are now open!

he Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is offering scholarships to pursue two-year Master's programmes at the University of the South Pacific. Citizens of Commonwealth countries other than Fiji are eligible to apply.

The Scholarships provide a life-changing opportunity for students committed to making a positive impact in their communities to experience another country and culture, to broaden their horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Applications for the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture's language bursary are open. 

The DSAC aims to fund students pursuing language studies in order to help develop needed language skills in South Africa.

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, therefore, is offering bursaries for students to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in any three (3) of the following areas of study:

Any of the 11 South African official languages with emphasis on nine previously disadvantaged indigenous languages

Students applying for the bursary must have intentions to study a mining related, as follows:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Mine Survey;
  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering Geology to specialise in Rock Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Metallurgical Engineering.

Jones & Wagener is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries for South African BEng / BSc Civil EngineeringGeology, Geochemistry and Environmental students studying at South African Universities.

Current South African tertiary students and Grade 12 scholars are invited to submit applications. 

For the past 19 years, the Thuthuka Bursary has funded academically talented African and Coloured learners and students who want to become chartered accountants [CAs(SA)]. If you are one of them, don’t delay applications for the 2022 intake have just opened.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is constantly working to fix the member demographics of the chartered accountancy profession to be reflective of those of the country. One of the ways in which it does this is through the Thuthuka Bursary.

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
  • Emergency medical care

Deserving students (nursing, pharmacy, emergency medical care and renal clinical technicians) who need financial assistance should apply.


Latest Funding Articles

Since there are limited resources for private college funding, it is important that students do extensive research in order to find the few private college bursaries available that best suit their study pursuits. Although not reflective of all the private college bursary options made available in the country, the following provides a very short list of private college bursaries for teaching and education qualifications specifically.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) is one of many public universities that receive government funding aid in the form of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to fund students’ teaching qualifications. However, apart from NSFAS, there are a number of other bursary options for teaching available for Unisa students.

Education bursaries for Gauteng-based students can be hard to come by if one does not have the right resources to search for them. As such, here is a helpful list of information about Gauteng education bursaries for students’ consideration

The South African government has a number of Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) programmes that are aimed towards skills development. A part of their efforts towards skills development includes issuing student bursaries, but these bursaries have application requirements to be met before they are issued to students.

Motivation letters are an integral part of a bursary application as it allows insight into the student applying for the bursary and their motivations for doing so. As such, it is important that an applicant know the fundamentals of compiling a bursary motivation letter.