ISFAP Opening Postgraduate Bursary Applications Soon

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University can be expensive. From tuition and registration fees to accommodation, meals, and textbooks, there's a lot to cover. These expenses can place a significant financial burden on students and their families, potentially hindering access to higher education.


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The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is calling on students to apply for comprehensive bursaries that aims to cover all the expenses associated with getting a degree.  ISFAP  provides funding for essentials like accommodation, travel, books, meals, and even a living stipend.

ISFAP has announced that 2025 Postgraduate Bursary applications will open on 3 June 2023. 

Don't delay! Applications close in October, and there are only a limited number available. It's important to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing funding. Award decisions will be announced at a later date, so keep an eye out for updates.

Who Qualifies For ISFAP Funding?

To qualify, applicants must be South African citizens. Additionally, candidates must hold an undergraduate degree, demonstrating a foundational level of higher education and readiness for advanced study. A strong academic record is essential, reflecting the applicant's capability and commitment to their studies.

The ISFAP bursary programme specifically targets those pursuing a postgraduate qualification in a critical skill area. This focus aligns with national priorities, addressing skill shortages and promoting fields crucial to the country's growth.

Eligibility also requires enrollment at a university partnered with the ISFAP. These partnerships ensure that the institutions involved maintain high standards of education and alignment with the program’s goals.

Finally, the household income of applicants must fall between R350,000 and R600,000 per annum. This criterion ensures that the programme supports students from middle-income families who might not qualify for other forms of financial aid like NSFAS bursaries, broadening access to higher education.

    What Programmes are Funded?

    • Actuarial Science
    • Chartered Accountancy
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Engineering
    • Humanities
    • Advanced Diploma in Technical and Vocational Teaching

    Strong undergraduate performance is key for selection. Awarded students receive full programme funding and ongoing support. If you didn't submit proof of registration during application, email it to ISFAP after registering.

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    Students who fall within the missing middle category should take note that the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme will soon open funding applications for the 2024 academic year. It is important for students to be enrolled in approved courses in order to be eligible for funding.

     

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