How to Get Free Education In South Africa

If you are thinking of how to study at a public university of your choice for free in South Africa, this article is for you. Get free education in South Africa.

The cost of going to a tertiary institution is high for most South Africans especially if you are studying a professional course like Engineering, Accounting, Law, Medicine, Teaching, Science and more. For those that cannot afford tertiary education, they can apply for a student loan with one of the big banks or apply for a bursary. For those that apply for a student loan, they will have to pay back when they are working and also need to have a surety to get the loan. However, bursaries might be the best option for those that could not afford a tertiary institution.

How to get free education in South Africa

This article will put you through on how to get free education without applying for a loan.


Bursaries are awards granted by private organisations, government departments and study institutions to students to study in higher institution. These bursaries are granted to student through academic performance or financial need (and sometimes both).

Students that receive bursary are required to work back for the funding company that gave them the bursary after graduation. Coverage bursary cover differs with the financial institution, most bursary use to cover registration fees, tuition fees, examination fees, book, accommodation, meals, travel allowance and may include a laptop.

Bursary provider also provides students with mentors, vacation work and practical on-the-job training, applying for a bursary is very easy as it can be done online.

NSFAS FUNDING (National Student Financial Aid Scheme)

This bursary is implemented and managed by the South African Government and it is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The fund cover books, accommodation, tuition fees, food and travel allowances. Students that receive NSFAS fund must pay back after graduating from college or university and permanently employed with a minimum salary of R30,000 per annum. For TVET college students, they don’t need to pay back the loan.

You can visit our post on NSFAS bursary to see how to apply, the requirements and other details you need about NSFAS.

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