ISFAP Bursary Application

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is a great resource for South African students who need financial assistance to pursue their tertiary education. They offer bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at select universities.

Here’s a guide to applying for an ISFAP bursary:

ISFAP Bursary Applications Eligibility

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Have been accepted into a qualifying degree program at a partner university.
  • Meet the financial means test criteria.
  • Demonstrate academic merit.

ISFAP Bursary Required Documents

  • Completed online application form.
  • Certified copies of your ID and the IDs of your parents/guardians/household contributors.
  • Certified copy of your latest academic results (e.g., matric certificate, undergraduate transcript).
  • Certified proof of income for each household contributor (e.g., payslips, grant recipient proof).
  • Signed consent form by you and your household contributors (certified by a Commissioner of Oaths).
  • Proof of registration at your university (if applicable).
  • A motivation letter explaining why you need the bursary and your career goals.
  • A curriculum vitae.

How to Apply to ISFAP Bursary

  • Applications for the new academic year open at the end of May in the previous session.
  • Apply online through the ISFAP portal:
  • Make sure you submit all the required documents by the deadline.
  • ISFAP will keep you updated on the status of your application.


Here are some additional tips for your ISFAP bursary application:

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to apply. Give yourself plenty of time to gather all the required documents.
  • Make sure your application is free of errors and typos.
  • In your motivation letter, be sure to highlight your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
  • Keep your motivation letter and CV concise and to the point.
  • Ask a friend, family member, or teacher to review your application before you submit it.

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