TVET College Funding

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

2023 NSFAS Trimester 3 applications are now closed!

2023 NSFAS TVET Walk-In applications Calendar Opening date Closing date
Trimester 2 Applications 5th May 2023 22nd May 2023
Semester 2 Applications 17th July 2023 31st July 2023
Trimester 3 Applications 04th September 2023 20th September 2023

Why study at a TVET college?

Technical and Vocational Education and Training courses are vocational or occupational by nature. Meaning that, student receives education and training with a view towards a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities.

Why study at a TVET college?

A TVET qualification will equip you with vocational & occupational skills that you will need to find employment in South Africa. Also, it will enable your entrepreneurial potential to start new ventures. South Africa is in shortage of skills in engineering, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, etc. that will build a strong economy; and the TVETs are the vehicle to a new skills revolution.

real life


for real life jobs

What courses are offered at TVET colleges?

What courses are offered at TVET colleges?

Public TVET Colleges offer a very wide range of courses/programmes that have been developed to respond to the scarce skills needed by employers. Courses vary in duration from a short course of a few hours to formal diploma courses of three years.

Naturally the costs of the courses also vary considerably but it is important to remember that Department of Higher Education and Training programmes are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost and for the remaining 20% that would be paid by the student, many full bursaries are available.

NSFAS funds Ministerial approved programmes and students must refer to each college, however the generally funded programmes are below:

  • Engineering Studies - (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Engineering studies - Report 191 N1-N6
  • Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science
  • Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management; Marketing; Finance; Office Administration; Economics & Accounting; Education & Development; Hospitality; Tourism; Safety in Society and Transport & Logistics
  • Pre-Learning Programme (PLP) funding through NSFAS

Click here to view a list of all TVET colleges

up to 300
courses on offer

Qualification Criteria

Qualification Criteria

  • Only South African citizens are eligible for this bursary scheme;
  • A student must be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at any of the fifty (50) public TVET Colleges in South Africa;
  • Must be in need of financial assistance (NSFAS will determine whether or not a student meets the financial eligibility criteria);
  • Returning students must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance (academically deserving) in line with the College’s progression policy or the progression prescriptions of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines (whichever is higher);
  • Must not be enrolling for a qualification that duplicates previous learning that was state-funded; and
  • Applicants will qualify if they fall within the maximum threshold of up to R350,000 of combined gross family income per annum and are admitted/received a firm offer for enrolment in a College.

R350 000
combined family income

Application Cycles

Application Cycles

National Certificate Vocation (NC(v)) , Semester 1 and Trimester 1 - Annual - online application and walk in assistive capture application at the beginning of each year
Trimester 2 & 3 as per DHET calendar, in May and September respectively , also Walk in assistive capture application
Semester 2 June - July walk in, assistive capture application

Where to apply for TVET College funding?

You can apply through:
  • TVET college bursary offices
  • Online
  • NSFAS head office

sign up
to the myNSFAS portal

For NSFAS qualifying students we pay for:

For NSFAS qualifying students we pay for:

  • Registration & Tuition Fees
  • Personal Care Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Accommodation Allowance

Click here to read more about NSFASWallet

food | accommodation | transport

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Have you got a new cellphone number or email address? You can easily update your details online & stay updated with NSFAS - log onto myNSFAS via and update your details or create your myNSFAS account today. Click here to read more

Keep your details up-to-date

Students who wish to change their contact details can do so by:
  • Login to
  • On the already registered tab
  • Enter your username and Password Click on sign in button
  • Click on my personal details
  • Go to the cellphone number section
  • Delete and remove and type in the new cellphone number Click on update details
  • OTP will be sent to your new number
  • Enter OTP and submit
Number is successfully changed (if a duplicate number exists student will get an error message) Students who are unable to change their details online can use the manual process by emailing certified copy of their green barcoded ID or smart card, and a completed affidavit specifying that they have changed their cell phone number; with the new and old number listed to

In pictures

False Bay College Westlake Campus Engineering Student

False Bay TVET College Muizenberg Campus

Engineering student at BCC workshop (Picture Zukile Ncapayi)

False Bay College Westlak Campus