Does The ISFAP Bursary Cover Private College Courses?


The ISFAP bursary is geared towards students who come from poor and working class backgrounds, including the missing middle. Will ISFAP pay for courses which are done at private colleges though?


The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, better known as ISFAP, provides funding to those who can't afford to pay their own fees in the form of bursaries. This includes missing middle students who don't qualify for a NSFAS bursary.

Of the courses they cover, are private colleges included as well? 

The following are the areas of study ISFAP covers per institution:

  • 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
  • University of Venda
    • Bachelor of Arts in Language Practice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Walter Sisulu University 
    • Bachelor of Chemistry 
    • Bachelor of Physics with Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • 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
  • Tshwane University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Technology in Nursing
    • National Diploma in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Bachelor of Occupation Therapy
    • Bachelor of Pharmacy
    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
    • MBChB
  • 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

From the list above, you can then conclude that ISFAP does not fund any courses done at private colleges. They will only cover courses done at the 11 universities mentioned above.

Should your household income be between R0 and R600 000 per month and you wish to apply for one of the courses mentioned, you then stand a chance at being funded through an ISFAP bursary.

The ISFAP bursary will cover your tuition fees, accommodation fees, food, learning materials, living allowance and you will also receuve non-academic support.





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