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NSFAS CLOSING SOON: How to Apply Online

If you’re looking for funding for your studies, you probably know you need to go through NSFAS.

Applications for bursaries to cover studies in 2020 will be closing very soon.

You may be a little confused as to how to apply though, so here’s a quick guide on how to apply for NSFAS online.

Get your certified supporting documents ready.

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Top 5 Engineering Bursaries

Each year companies in both the public and private sector commit to providing financial aid to deserving students. This is sometimes awarded in scholarship form but more frequently through a bursary agreement.

Most companies choose to support students who pursue studies in fields related to the organisation's operations, with the aim of recruiting beneficiaries after graduation.

Here we look at the top 5 companies in the engineering sector who offer bursary opportunities to prospective engineering students.

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Bursaries can lift financial burden

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the biggest government-funded entity used to administer financial aid to struggling students.

In an effort to establish equality in the education sector government has pledged to support underprivileged or disadvantaged students through various financial aid schemes. Government also offers sector specific bursaries directly through its Departments.

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Who Can Apply For Sports Bursaries?

Are you gifted in a certain sport?

You could capitalize on your talents and hard work by applying for a sports bursary.

A sports bursary is different to an academic bursary in that it is only awarded to individuals who have achieved in one or more sporting activities.

This enables students who are not necessarily academically-minded to gain access to a higher education.

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What is an academic bursary?

Are you looking for ways to fund your studies? Perhaps an academic bursary is the answer to your financial worries.

While financial grants are not easy to come by, it is worth every penny. Academic bursaries can be found in almost every field of study from engineering to journalism.

These bursaries can be sponsored by private companies, universities or government departments.

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How to get a bursary

Obtaining a bursary gets harder each year as more students compete for the same opportunities. While there is no way to guarantee that you are selected there are a few things that you can do to improve your chances. Apply early Don't wait till you reach your matric year to look for financial aid opportunities. By the time you enter Grade 10 you should have started to think seriously about potential careers. Research which higher education institutions offer study programmes that correspond with your career choice.

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What is the 'missing middle'?

In all the news surrounding tertiary education and university fees, a term that comes up often is the 'missing middle'. But what is the missing middle? Who are these people and what does it mean to be part of the missing middle?

Simply put, the missing middle are those too poor to avoid university themselves but also not poor enough to qualify for government funding. In order to qualify for NSFAS, your household income needs to be below R120 000 per year and, while this is great for the disadvantaged, the middle class is underserved by this system.

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