Bursary Application


NC (V) & Report 191(NATED) students who are successful in their studies and have adhered to the prescribed College criteria can apply for a bursary. A means test is used to determine the amount that each student will receive. This bursary covers tuition, accommodation and/or transport as well as personal care.


The following criteria are considered for awarding bursaries: (Full-time students only)

• Financial need: Written proof of parent’s income per month.
• Achievements: A student must have passed a previous course at the College.
• Attendance: at least 80% in all classes.
• Merit
• Previous / latest results
Link to apply is: www.NSFAS.gov.za


Special note to all bursary applicants

Bursary funds are limited, and not all students will be successful. Bursaries are not guaranteed and they are subject to approval and availability of funds. An application for a bursary is not a guarantee that the bursary will be awarded. Class fees must still be paid and will then be refunded in the event of a bursary being awarded.

Student Eligibility Creiterian for the DHET TVET College Bursary Scheme

• Only SA Citizens are eligible for this bursary scheme;

• A student must be registered or intend to register on a PLP, NCV or Report 191 programme;

• 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 in line with colleges’ progression policy or progression prescription of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines.

• Must not be enrolling for a qualification that duplicates previous learning that was state-funded; and 

• 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 an offer for enrolment in a college.


Application Process

Step One

Create a myNSFAS account via this link: https://my.nsfas.org.za/

Step Two

Click on the ‘Apply’ tab to complete information and upload required supporting documents

Step Three

Submit your application




If a bursary is awarded, the amount will be credited to the student’s account. 

A student who receives a bursary must complete his/her course. If the student fails to complete the course, the full amount of the bursary must be refunded except in the case of the death of the student.

Bursary Administration Process

• NSFAS manages and administers the Department’s TVET Bursary scheme on behalf of the DHET;

• Avenues available for lodging of applicants for a bursary will be advised and advocated by NSFAS to TVET Colleges and students through an effective communication strategy;


• NSFAS must make funding decision on receipt of complete applications. Furthermore, NSFAS must submit a list of complete, approved and rejected application to Colleges at intervals to be determined and communicated by NSFAS;


• Returning students must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance in line with colleges’ progression policy or progression prescription of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines.


• Returning NSFAS bursary beneficiaries who have had NO break in funding or studies and have progressed to the next level of the funded course, must NOT apply again. NSFAS will process their bursary application using the previous examination results obtained directly from the DHET; and


• In this regard, colleges will inform NSFAS by no later than 30 January of each year, of which returning students qualify for funding after due diligence has been done on the results and alignment with the progression policy.

Compulsory Document Required

  • MUST have consent from parent(s)/guardian or spouse to submit their personal information for validation and verification
  • Online Tick box will serve as consent on online application form
  • ID copies of parent/s, guardian/spouse
  • Proof of income of parent, guardian or spouse (payslip /appointment letter) where applicable 
  • Proof of income (Payslip/Letter of employment) personal information for validation and verification
  • 1 year’s IRP5 form
  • A completed and signed Annexure A (when required)
  • A completed and signed Vulnerable Child declaration and consent form to be completed by Department of Social Development

  • Retrenchment letter, Death certificate/s, Divorce decree
  • No proof of income required