TVET College Funding

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

2024 NSFAS Semester 2 applications are now open!

It is important to remind new applicants to complete the application process from start to finish, instead of merely creating a profile and considering themselves to have applied.

Applications are closing on the 26th July 2024

Click here to Apply Now
2024 NSFAS TVET Walk-In applications Calendar Opening date Closing date
Semester 2 Applications 09th July 2024 26th July 2024
Trimester 3 Applications 02th September 2024 20th September 2024

4 Steps to Apply:

Step by step process


Step 1:

Log onto


Step 2:

Click on ‘register’


Step 3:

Complete the required fields (ID number, cellphone number and email address)


Step 4:

Upload the required supporting documents then click on ‘submit’.

Get started by creating a new account:

It’s as easy as 1,2,3,……

Type in first names (as per ID number)

Type in Surname (as per ID number)

Type in your ID number (will your username)

Type in your own Email address

Type in your own Cellphone number

Accept terms and conditions by tick the box provided, to allow NSFAS to check the information provided (compulsory)

Create a Password, to (protect your account)

ID number, Names and Surname is validated against the Department of Home Affairs database. Only valid South African ID information will be accepted.

Easy steps to get your funding

Take note of the below important documents needed to complete the application:

Step 1:

Once the student has created an account/profile and captured the required information, they click on apply and the screen above appears. Student should fill in the fathers' de-tails, if the field applies to them and Click Next

Step 2:

Student should fill in the mothers' details only if this field applies to them and click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

Step 3:

Married students with spouses should fill in the required details and Click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

Step 4:

Students with guardians should fill in the required information and Click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

Step 5:

Once the student has completed all required fields and steps, the student will be required to upload the necessary documents, upon completion student can Click Next.

Step 6:

Student should confirm if the details and documents uploaded are correct and submit.

Final Step: Once student clicks on "Submit" the application will be submitted successfully.

Who qualifies for the Bursary?

You qualify for a NSFAS bursary if you are a South African citizen who plans to study in 2023 or you are already studying at a public university or TVET college and you meet the following re-quirements:

SASSA recipients automatically qualify on financial eligibility.

Your combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year or.

Person with a disability with a combined household income of not more than R600 000 per year or

Must have email and cell phone number

What is required during the Application Process?

NSFAS may need more information from you to process your application, check what supporting documents are required and ensure that you have all the relevant information:

You will need the following to complete your NSFAS application:

  • Your own cellphone number and email address
  • Copy of your ID or birth certificate
  • ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse (If applicable)
  • Your proof of income or 1 year’s IRP5 (if applicable)
  • Your parents, guardian or spouse’s proof of income
  • If you are a SASSA grant recipient, no proof of income will be required
  • Applicants with a disability must submit a completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form, click here to download
  • An applicant who is recognised as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form,click here to download.
  • Students must download the NSFAS 2024 Consent form:click here to download

Once your funding application becomes successful, NSFAS will cover your costs for:

  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance
  • Learning material allowance
  • Personal care allowance

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