Public TVET Colleges provide a very broad selection of courses and programs that have been created in response to the country’s scarce skills demand. If this is where you are heading, government funding for these qualifications has opened.
The application cycle for second semester at TVET colleges has opened, the cycle will run from 2 July 2022 until 22 July 2022. Applicants have the option of making their applications at TVET college bursary offices, online or at the Nsfas head office.
- 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.
The government funding covers tuition fees (including registration), personal care, transport, and accommodation allowances. Nsfas funds Ministerial approved programmes and students must refer to each college.
It is important that applicants have their supporting documents on hand when preparing to submit their funding application, such as:
- Copy of South African birth certificate/copy of ID document/Temporary ID of student
- Copy of South African birth certificate/copy of ID document/Temporary ID of parent(s)/guardian/spouse
- Proof of income (where applicable) – student/parent(s)/guardian or spouse (not older than 3 months.
- SASSA recipients no proof of income required.
- A student recognised as a vulnerable child (e.g. Orphan) must submit a completed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form completed by the Social worker
- Students with disabilities must complete and submit the Disability Annexure A form.
Once the application has been completed and submitted, it is important that applicants track their Nsfas applications to see the outcome of their funding application.