Will ISFAP Pay For Unisa Postgraduate Courses?


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ISFAP provides funding to students who hope to attend university but are unable to afford the cost of tuition fees. However, which courses does the bursary cover?


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The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) was introduced to help underprivileged and “missing” middle-income students who wish to attend university. The bursary covers selected fields of study at certain universities. 

Unfortunately, ISFAP does not cover the costs of the University of South Africa (Unisa) Postgraduate courses. However, here are the courses they cover at the following universities:

  • Central University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • Nelson Mandela University
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electrical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Industrial Engineering
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Marine Engineering
    • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics
  • Stellenbosch University
    • BEng Civil Engineering
    • BEng Electric and Electronic
    • BEng Mechatronic
    • BEng Industrial Engineering
    • BEng Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Accounting
    • Medicine (MBChB)
  • Tshwane University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Technology in Nursing
    • National Diploma in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • University of Cape Town 
    • Bachelor of Business in Actuarial Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Electrical Engineering
    • Medicine (MBChB)
    • Occupational Therapy
  • University of Johannesburg 
    • BBAcc Bachelor of Accounting 
    • B(Eng. Tech) Electrical Engineering
    • B(Eng. Tech) Mechanical Engineering
    • B(Eng) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • B(Eng)  Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Information Technology 
    • B(Eng) Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in Computer Science and Informatics
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Bachelor of Occupation Therapy
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • MBChB
  • University of Pretoria
    • BCom Accounting Sciences
    • BSc Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)
    • BEng Chemical Engineering
    • BEng Civil Engineering
    • BEng Computer Engineering
    • BEng Electrical Engineering
    • BEng Electric and Electronic Engineering
    • BEng Industrial Engineering
    • BEng Mechanical Engineering
    • BEng Metallurgical Engineering
    • BEng Mining Engineering
  • University of Venda
    • Bachelor of Arts in Language Practice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • University of Witwatersrand
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting 
    • Bachelor of Economic Science in Actuarial Science 
    • BCom General
    • Bcom Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Medicine
    • Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing
    • BSc (Maths of Finance)
    • BSc (Statistics and Actuarial Science)
  • Walter Sisulu University 
    • Bachelor of Chemistry 
    • Bachelor of Physics with Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

In order to qualify for funding, students need to meet the basic bursary requirements. The basic entry requirements are as follows: students need to be South African citizens and they should have a combined household income of no more than R600 000 per annum.

The bursary covers the following fees:

  • Full university Fees (paid in full)
  • Accommodation*
  • Books*
  • Meals Stipend*
  • Cash allowance
  • Academic (tutorials; academic development & extended programmes)
  • Social support
  • Life skills training
  • Mentoring (first-year experience)
  • Medical support (psycho-social support)
  • Access to dedicated programme managers.

* These amounts are subsidised with a cap (maximum amount). These amounts may also depend on the tertiary institution. 

To ensure that the student is coping with their academic workload, the bursary tracks the student's academic progress via the student academic portal. If students are struggling with the workload they are encouraged to seek university support.

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Student applying for isfap bursary

Missing middle students are encouraged to apply for the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme bursary. These bursaries are comprehensive and funds students on their way to getting a university degree.








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