CCT Scholarships and Funding (financial aid & bursaries)

College of Cape Town Scholarships and Funding (financial aid & bursaries)

College of Cape Town is education institution in Africa and here we have discussed about College of Cape Town Scholarships and financial aid (bursaries) for undergraduate courses, PhD courses, postgraduate courses, Masters and research degrees. Scholarships and bursaries are types of financial aid that you don’t have to repay. In this page you’ll find information about the different grants and scholarships we offer, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

College of Cape Town Scholarships and financial aid (bursaries) 2023/2024 academic year!

Bursary Info

Financial worries should not be the reason for learners not to make their dreams a reality. With several financial assistance options available to learners, the College of Cape Town will inspire hope amongst our young people that they have a role to play in fighting poverty and creating work.



Through this bursary scheme the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) provides access to vocational education and training at public FET Colleges for talented students who are financially needy.

IMPORTANT: Please note that funding is limited and that very strict terms and conditions apply.

Who is eligible to apply for the DHET FET College Bursary?

In applying for the DHET FET College bursary, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Only South African Citizens are eligible for this bursary scheme;
  2. A student must be registered or intending to register on an NC(V) or Report 191 (NATED) programme;
  3. Financially needy students with academic potential; and
  4. Evidence of good academic performance must be provided for all Levels.

What information and documentation are required with the DHET FET College Bursary application?

To be deemed acceptable for processing, a student’s bursary application form must include the following:

  1. NC(V) or Report 191 programme and Level registered for;
  2. Personal details (including contact numbers, email addresses, etc.);
  3. Certified Copy of Identity Document;
  4. Applicant’s current home address;
  5. Address while studying;
  6. Postal Address;
  7. Salary and other income information of the parent/guardian on whom the student is dependent (pensioners should submit an affidavit as proof);
  8. Details of next of kin (ID numbers, first names and surname, contact details and relationship to student);
  9. Details of parent(s) and / or guardian(s) (ID numbers, first names and surname and contact details);
  10. Residential address/addresses of parent(s) and / or guardian(s);
  11. Sworn affidavits from parents/guardians if they are unemployed;
  12. Certified death certificates if parents/guardians are deceased;
  13. Number of family members in the household (include their certified ID copies); and
  14. Age and educational status (complete primary, incomplete secondary –Grade level for those still in school, complete secondary, diploma/certificate/degree) of members in the household.

The FET College sector has a growing role to play in the provision of the intermediate to higher-level skills required to support economic growth and development, and the College of Cape Town firmly believes that these bursaries will contribute to skills development.

The bursary applications will be processed using a strict evaluation system defined by the DHET and administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Additionally you will have to:

  • Provide all required documentation and evidence in full. (Only certified copies will be accepted.)
  • Complete a bursary agreement, subject to approval.

Where and how do I apply?

Application forms and information on how to apply may be collected from the Bursary Officer or Student Support Officer at each of our campuses.

Who receives the funds?

Successful applicants will have the funds paid directly to the College on their behalf. The students receive no payment themselves.

The Financial Means Test

The DHET and NSFAS have established a set of norms that are incorporated within their official bursary evaluation system. The exact terms of this are confidential and it takes a variety of factors into account. Since the criteria above are weighted by the system, and personal hardship (for which documentation is required) is taken into account, rather apply than try to guess the outcome.

Will all applicants be successful?

No. Not all applications received will be successful. All applications are subject to the bursary administration processes and the availability of funding.

Do bursary recipients have to repay the bursary?

No. The bursary is not repayable to NSFAS and recipients will not be required to work the bursary back after completing their qualifications.

It is critical, however, that bursary recipients work very hard during their studies to maintain high academic standards.


Access Trust – Skills for Life offers bursaries to any qualifying FET College student in the Western Cape, not just for the College of Cape Town. A large number of Access Trust bursary students have studied at our College and have made a great success, not only of their academic career, but are also now making their mark in the world of employment, both as entrepreneurs and as employees.

Further information, including individual success stories

Visit the Access Trust website at, email their offices at [email protected] or contact them at tel. 021 671 1521 for more information.



Edu-Loan is a private loan institution with a formal agreement with the College to fund qualifying students.

  1. Simple repayment options at affordable interest rates to loan applicants.
  2. Approval criteria to ensure that borrowers are not overburdened by their financial liabilities.
  3. A formal agreement, and close relationship with the College of Cape Town, to assist with the financing of our students.
  4. Agreements with a number of Employers where employees’ and their dependants’ studies are financed through a salary deduction facility.
  5. The Edu-Xtras smart card system, that allows students to purchase books at pre-approved educational bookshops nationally.

For further information on Edu-Loan you can visit their website at, or contact their Client Services desk at 0860 55 55 44

2. Banks Student Loan

I did not get a bursary or Eduloan, now what?

You may still qualify for a loan from lending institutions, particularly if your bursary or EduLoan application was declined. Most commercial banks offer student loans on favourable terms.

The College will need to provide you with a copy of a letter from the Western Cape Department of Education indicating our exam centre number to accompany your study loan application.

College of Cape Town Scholarships and financial aid (bursaries)

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