Funding Your Studies in South Africa

SA students are so lucky to have numerous organizations dedicated to supporting students from diverse backgrounds.

Here’s a rundown of some key players in the South African student funding landscape:

SA Government-Funded Organizations

There are several  South African Government-Funded Organizations for Student Support listed below;


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the primary source of financial aid for South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds. It offers grants and loans to cover tuition fees and living expenses


Funza Lushaka

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme provides bursaries to students studying scarce skills in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships through its various programs and partnerships.

Non-profit organizations

Beyond government initiatives, several fantastic non-profit organizations in South Africa offer financial support to students pursuing higher education, and they are;

ISFAP Bursary

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) provides need-based financial aid to students from poor and working-class families studying at selected universities.

SEE – ISFAP Bursary Application.


Manati Alternate Student Funding offers innovative, income-based loans to students who would otherwise be unable to afford higher education.

Mandela Rhodes

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers scholarships to exceptional students from across Africa to study at universities in South Africa and around the world.

Corporate-Sponsored Bursaries

Corporate-sponsored bursaries in South Africa can be a fantastic source of funding for your studies, often with additional benefits like internships and future employment opportunities.

Sasol Bursary

Sasol Inzalo Bursary Scheme offers bursaries to students studying science, engineering, and technology-related fields.

Standard Bank Bursary

Standard Bank Bursary Scheme offers bursaries to students studying a variety of disciplines, with a focus on business and finance.


Anglo-American Scholarship Programme offers scholarships to students studying mining-related fields.


Each organization has its own eligibility criteria and application deadlines. Make sure you research your options carefully and choose the funding that best suits your needs.

Financing your university education shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your academic goals. By exploring the numerous funding options available and planning, you can turn your dream of studying in South Africa into a reality.

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