NSFAS Funding for TVET Colleges 2023

NSFAS application 2023 for TVET Colleges – Are you looking for NSFAS Bursary for TVET Colleges online application 2023? In this article, I will provide you with details on the NSFAS Bursary for TVET Colleges, how to submit your application online and other related information.

Application is currently open for NSFAS Bursary for TVET Colleges 2023. National Student Financial Aid Scheme invites qualifying South African TVET Colleges students to apply for its Bursary Programme for 2023 academic year.

  • Opening Date: 28 November 2022
  • Closing Date: 30 November 2022

NSFAS Funding for TVET Colleges Application 2023

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), invites students to apply for NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) funding, for the 2023 academic year.

Funding is available to disadvantaged students who are currently studying or wish to study towards an undergraduate qualification, at public universities or TVET colleges in South Africa.

Technical and Vocational Educational Training courses

Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) courses are vocational and occupational. This means that a student will receive education and training that will prepare them for a specific career avenue, employment, or entrepreneurial possibility. TVET and vocational colleges mostly focus on “hands-on” learning exposure which differs from universities that opt to focus more on theory-based assessments and assignments.

NSFAS funded courses for TVET colleges

Public TVET colleges offer a wide range of courses and programmes that have been specifically designed to combat the scarce skills shortage within South Africa. Many courses vary in duration with some being short courses that only consist of a couple of hours, to a full-on diploma course that runs for 3 years. Owing to this, the costs of courses do vary, however, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) programmes are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost, with the remaining 20% being paid by the student.

Often, NSFAS funds Ministerial approved programmes, and students must refer to each College. However, there are some generally funded programmes provided at TVET colleges, such as:

  • Engineering studies (National Certificate – Vocational): NQF Level 2-4 and Engineering studies (Report 191 N1-N6)
  • Engineering and Related Design, Electrical Infrastructure, Civil Engineering Construction, and Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Business and Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational): NQF Level 2-4 and Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management, Marketing, Finance, Office Administration, Economics and Accounting, Education and Development, Hospitality, Tourism, Safety in Society, and Transport and Logistics
  • Pre-learning Programme (PLP) funding via NSFAS

TVET students application criteria for NSFAS bursary

  • Only South African citizens may apply for NSFAS funding
  • Students must be registered to study or planning to register on a PLP, NC(V)/ Report 191 programme at any of the available 50 TVET colleges within the country
  • Students who receive the bursary opportunity must need financial assistance. This will be determined by NSFAS’ financial eligibility criteria
  • Candidates who are returning students must show proven and accepted academic performance (i.e. be academically deserving.) This will be determined by their chosen College’s progression policy or the progression requirements of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines
  • Candidates must not be enrolled for a qualification that is the same as any previous learning they engaged in that was state-funded
  • Candidates will qualify if their combined family income is less than R350 000 per annum and they are admitted/ received a definite offer for enrollment in a College

Application cycles for TVET colleges

  • National Certificate Vocation (NC(v)): This application cycle is an annual online application and walk-in assisted capture application. This usually takes place at the beginning of each yea.
  • Trimester 2 and 3 as per the DEHT calendar: This application cycle takes place in May and September respectively, as well as a walk-in assistive calendar application
  • Semester 2 (June)- July walk-in, assisted capture application

Where to apply for TVET college funding

For TVET college funding, you can apply through:

Expenses NSFAS covers for TVET college students

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Personal care allowance
  • Transport allowance
  • Accommodation allowance

TVET colleges NSFAS covers

NSFAS covers studies at any of these 50 TVET colleges within South Africa:

  • Central Johannesburg TVET College
  • Ekurhuleni East TVET College
  • Ekurhuleni West TVET College
  • Sedibeng TVET College
  • South West Gauteng TVET College
  • Tshwane North TVET College
  • Tshwane South TVET College
  • Western College for TVET

Western Cape:

  • Boland TVET College
  • College of Cape Town
  • False Bay TVET College
  • Northlink TVET College
  • South Cape TVET College
  • West Coast TVET College

Northern Cape:

  • Northern Cape Rural TVET College
  • Northern Cape Urban TVET College


  • Orbit TVET College
  • Taletso TVET College
  • Vuselela TVET College

Eastern Cape:

  • Buffalo City TVET College
  • East Cape Midlands TVET College
  • Ikhala TVET College
  • Ingwe TVET College
  • King Hintsa TVET College
  • King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College
  • Lovedale TVET College
  • Port Elizabeth TVET College

Free State:

  • Flavius Mareka TVET College
  • Goldsfields TVET College
  • Maluti TVET College
  • Motheo TVET College


  • Coastal KZN TVET College
  • Elangeni TVET College
  • Esayidi TVET College
  • Majuba TVET College
  • Mnambithi TVET College
  • Mthashana TVET College
  • Thekwini TVET College
  • Umfolozi TVET College
  • Umgugundlovu TVET College


  • Ehlanzeni TVET College
  • Gert Sibande TVET College
  • Nkangala TVET College


  • Capricorn TVET College
  • Lephalale TVET College
  • Letaba TVET College
  • Mopani South East TVET College
  • Sekhukhune TVET College
  • Vhembe TVET College
  • Waterberg TVET College