Which Courses And Universities Will The ISFAP Bursary Fund?

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ISFAP is a bursary scheme which targets the missing middle in universities. Keep reading to find out which courses and universities this bursary funds. 

ISFAP refers to the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, which is a bursary which provides a support and funding model for financially needy students who fall under the "poor" and "missing middle" category of students.

The missing middle category describes students that are considered too rich to qualify for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) but too poor to afford to pay for their fees themself. 

Usually a missing middle student's household income will fall between R350 000 and R600 000.

ISFAP provides funding for certain universities and the courses the bursary covers differs for each institution. 

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

How ISFAP Chooses Which Courses To Cover

In an interview with Careers Portal, Sifanele Biyale, from ISFAP said:

So the topic of courses compared to institutions is different because courses are dynamic, they're gonna change because if we're gonna focus on the occupations in high demand, and seen what AI, data science and data analysis, how popular it has become. So that change is inevitable.

ISFAP has added data science and data analysis courses in response to developments in artificial intelligence with Biyale saying, "courses are going to change, they do change every year".

Not only does ISFAP pay attention to  we are driven by funding requirements, they also have to look at funding requirements.

ISFAP states that it will continue to add courses and Universities to this list granted they align to the skills most needed by the country under "Occupations of High Demand" as defined by the Department of Higher Education. 

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

Visit the ISFAP website for more information.

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Bursaries offered by the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme are a great way to start your studies and are available every year. The ISFAP bursary bridges the funding gap which is seen in missing middle students.


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