What is a NSFAS bursary? – Bursary Scheme

Student Bursary 

What is a NSFAS bursary?

A NSFAS bursary is the money you receive to cover the costs of your studies for certain qualifications at any public university or college in South Africa.

This money does not have to be repaid to NSFAS.

We administer various bursary funds, including:

    • The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme to train teachers
    • Bursaries for studying Social Work through the Department of Social Development
    • Bursaries from the National Skills Fund for scarce skills
    • Bursaries for the National Certificate (Vocational) and for certain Report 191 courses at TVET colleges
    • The bursary programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training for students with disabilities.

Succes Story – Bursary programme

Dell Young Leaders Programme

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The Dell Young Leaders Programme works with exceptional South African students who have a track
record of overcoming adversity, and who show the potential to become leaders in their professional lives
and communities. All of the students are recipients of NSFAS financial aid.


Each year, 100 NSFAS students are chosen to participate in the programme, which to date, has
supported 365 NSFAS students. In 2013, the programme celebrated its first cohort of graduates,
of which 93% have been placed in top-tier corporate firms or are studying further.

By offering comprehensive academic, psychosocial and career preparedness support, the Dell Young
Leaders Programme supports NSFAS students to graduate and find meaningful employment in their
chosen professions. As part of the programme, all Dell Young Leaders enter the professional workforce
with the advantage of deliberate and holistic work readiness training.

All students on the Programme are first-generation university students and greatly value the support of
NSFAS and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Source: www.nsfas.org.za/