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What is The ISFAP Bursary?



The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is a bursary programme for tertiary students. So, what kind of support do students receive?

The programme was established in response to the Fees Must Fall movement, as government saw the need to cater to poor and missing middle students. 

Now, ISFAP boasts itself to be a well-rounded financial aid programme, as students receive more than financial aid. 

University can be very demanding and students often need support in various ways. This is why the bursary offers academic and psychosocial support in addition to financial aid. 

This support is offered to undergraduate students funded by ISFAP at various partner universities.

ISFAP Regional Project Manager, Sifanele Biyela, said the programme aims to help reduce the university dropout rate through the support it offers. 

"If students are supported not only financially or in terms of academics, but if someone is there to give them that psychosocial and counselling support if necessary, it then reduces the possibility of drop outs." Biyela explained. 

Who qualifies for The ISFAP Bursary?

  • Students who have household incomes of between R0 and R600 000 per annum.

  • South African citizens

Which Universities are partnered with ISFAP?

  • University of Johannesburg

  • Walter Sisulu University

  • University of Venda

  • University of KwaZulu Natal

  • University of Cape Town 

  • Nelson Mandela University

  • Stellenbosch University

  • Central University of Technology, Free State

  • Tshwane University of Technology

  • University of Pretoria

  • Wits University

Click Here To See Full Interview With Sifanele Biyela

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