The DHET Bursary Scheme

Fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans.
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You qualify to apply for a bursary if:

  • You are a South African citizen;
  • Your combined annual household income does not exceed R350 000 per annum;
  • You are a SASSA grant recipient;
  • You are registering for the first time for an undergraduate qualification at a public university or you are registered at a TVET college for one of the National Certificate Vocational or report 191 programme;
  • You are applying to study at a public university or TVET college for a qualification;
  • You are an already registered university student with an annual household income of less than R122 000 per year;
  • You have passed Grade 9 & 10 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a TVET college;
  • You have passed Grade 12 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a university.

What does the bursary cover?

  • Registration fees

  • Tuition fee (total cost of study)

  • Prescribed learning materials to a maximum set by NSFAS

  • Subsidised accommodation to a maximum set by NSFAS

  • Subsidised book allowances

  • Subsidised meal allowances

  • Subsidised transport allowances for spending

  • Personal care allowance

Who should not apply?
  • Students that have completed a previous qualification.
  • Students with a combined household income of more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.
  • Foreign students (any student who is not a South African citizen).

Applying for NSFAS study assistance

Please note that financial assistance is only considered for students who have been accepted at a higher learning institution and meet all the requirements to study towards higher education.