While many students choose to further their education at one of South Africa’s 26 public universities, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have become an increasingly attractive option. In 2022, it was estimated that 395 000 students attended one of the country’s 50 TVET colleges.
A TVET College student will receive education and training which relates to a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities. Some courses offered at TVET colleges include business, engineering, technology, manufacturing and hospitality.
Are There TVET College Bursaries Available In South Africa?
Students who choose to attend TVET colleges could qualify for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) bursary. A Nsfas bursary provides allowances to qualifying students to cover their living expenses which include, meal and transport expenses. Not having access to this money could prevent a student from attending classes.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande recently revealed that Nsfas has made provisional funding for 380 000 TVET college students.
He said, “For 2022 TVET College bursaries, Nsfas projected a 10% growth in student numbers across all TVET academic cycles to an estimated 395,000 students. In this regard, NSFAS made provisional funding for 380,000 TVET College students"
The minister added that Nsfas has already paid R2.8 billion to TVET colleges covering tuition and allowance for approximately 200 000 students.