ISFAP Bursary 2021-2022 Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is aimed at furthering South Africa’s developmental goals. This is achieved through a financial aid programme that targets lower to lower middle-income students studying in fields of high demand.  

The ISFAP is the product of the relationship between public and private sector, aiming to drive national development as well as sustainable employment.  

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) was created to provide financial support to lower and middle-income South African tertiary students.  ISFAP primarily aims to fund students who will potentially fill critical skills shortages in the country.  These Occupations of High Demand (OHD) take the form of Actuaries, Doctors, Prosthetists, Artisans, Accountants and Engineers. 

Closing Date of the Bursary 

Please note that bursary applications for the ISFAP – Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme will close on the 16 of October 2021.  

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the ISFAP – Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme 

About the Bursary 

The ISFAP will provide financial support for the following degrees at these listed South African tertiary institutions, as per the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) certification:

Central University of Technology (CUT)

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Mech. Engineering.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology 
  • Bachelor of Science Construction Management 
  • Bachelor of Science Quantity Surveying 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Marine)

Stellenbosch University (SU)

  • Bachelor of Accounting 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Industrial, Mechatronic)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Operations Research, Quantitative Management)
  • Bachelor of Science (Food and Earth) 

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Nursing Science 
  • National Diploma in Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics 

University of Cape Town (UCT)

  • Bachelor of Business Science (Actuarial Science, Augmented Actuarial Science, Actuarial Science 5 year programme) 
  • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Property Studies, Construction Studies, Geology, Environmental and Geographical Studies)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Mechatronics, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Social Work 
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting 

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Extraction Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Mining) 
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Informatics, Mathematical Science, Construction Management)
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Design  
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Logistics Management) 
  • Bachelor of Accounting 
  • Bachelor of Mine Surveying 
  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning 
  • National Diploma (Retail Business Management, Biomedical Technology)

University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN)

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy 
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy 
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science 

University of Pretoria (UP)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Electronic, Industrial, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Mining)
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences EDP, Mathematical Statistics, Quantity Surveying, Actuarial and Financial Mathematics)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Accounting Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning 
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science 

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Actuarial Science, Mathematics of Finance)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical)
  • Bachelor of Economic Science 
  • Bachelor of Speech in Speech Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Politics Philosophy and Economics (PPE), General)

University of Venda (Univen)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, Accounting Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Work, Language Practice)

Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry, Biological, Environmental, Statistics, Physics with Chemistry)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences 
  • Bachelor of Accounting 

Requirements and Eligibility

Prospective applicants need to satisfy all of the requirements of the ISFAP Bursary in order to be considered for the programme:

  • Applications are open to South African citizens ONLY.
  • Applicants who are entering their first year of tertiary studies in 2022 ONLY.
  • Applicants who have successfully obtained their National Senior Certificate (NSC).
  • Applicants who have successfully registered at one of the above-mentioned tertiary institutions.  
  • Applicants who are studying one of the above-mentioned degrees.  
  • Applicants whose household annual income is below R600 000.

Failure to comply with the above-mentioned requirements will result in a rejected application. 

What does the ISFAP Bursary Cover?

The ISFAP – Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme will cover the following study related expenses:

  • The tuition costs of the successful applicants will be covered.
  • The accommodation costs of the successful applicants will be covered.
  • The meals of the successful applicants will be covered.
  • The study material of the successful applicants will be covered.
  • Successful applicants will be provided with a monthly allowance.

Please note that successful applicants will be provided with an on campus course manager. 

How to Apply for the ISFAP – Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme

Kindly note that students applying for the ISFAP Bursary should do so online at – ISFAP Bursary Application

The following supporting documentation should be attached to the applicant’s application form:

  • The applicant should attach a certified copy of their ID card/book.
  • The applicant should attach their ISFAP application form

Failure to adhere to the application requirements will result in the application being disregarded.

Contact Information 

Please note that the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme may be directly contacted for all relevant bursary related queries.

  • Tel: 087 805 8500
  • Email Adress: info@isfap.co.za / partners@isfap.co.za / students@isfap.co.za 
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