Social bursaries is available for students in all universities within the boarders of South Africa. Students who are currently holders of a National Department of Social Development Scholarship do not have to apply.
The scholarship will cover the following expenses:
Stipend for practical’s and official accommodation provided by the University
Social Development Bursary Application closing date
The closing date for the bursary is 31 October 2018
For bursary details please click here.
There are different types of financial aid for studies. Bursaries or scholarships are funding for deserving students, either to encourage them in a specific field or to reward them for achievements in academics, sport or leadership. You don’t need to repay a bursary, unless you drop out before you finish your studies, and some bursary donors may require you to work at their company after you’ve graduated. If you don’t get any bursaries, you can take out a student loan. These have to be repaid, with interest, once you complete your studies.
You can apply for loans or bursaries from government, universities, private companies and banks.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers financial aid to students who show academic potential, but who don’t have access to any other loans or bursaries. Although you will need to repay the loan, a big portion may be converted into a non-repayable bursary if your marks are good enough. The NSFAS is funded by the South African government and is available to students of TVET colleges and public universities.
The NSFAS also administers certain government bursaries, such as the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for prospective public school teachers, and the Department of Social Development bursaries for social work students.
University financial aid
Each university has a financial aid office that assists students with loan and bursary applications. This should be your first stop for any financial aid, including university funding, NSFAS loans and external bursaries.