The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the government student bursary and loan scheme that receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The scheme was established in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act 56 of 1999.

NSFAS provide financial assistance in the form of bursaries and loans to eligible students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa.

NSFAS administer such bursaries and loans, and recover the loans from students once they have graduated and are employed.

NSFAS also raises funds in order to increase the funding pool for student bursaries and loans.

Click Here to NSFAS

Apply early bursary

Getting a bursary is getting harder year by year as more and more students compete for the same assistance. While there is no way to guarantee that you get selected, there are a few things that you can do to improve your chances.

Apply early

Don’t wait till you reach your matric year to look for financial aid opportunities.

By the time you enter Grade 10 you should have started to think seriously about potential careers.

Research which higher education institutions offer study programmes that correspond with your career choice.

Find out about entrance requirements, course fees and funding opportunities and apply for these as soon as possible.

Early application also eliminates the stress often caused by postponing such an important task.

Work hard at school

Don’t make the minimum entrance requirements for a study programme your academic goal.

Go beyond what is expected.

The quickest way to get the attention of a company or potential benefactor is through your marks.

Sponsors are not only looking for the most disadvantaged student.

They want to select a student that is going to make a positive contribution to society.

Show interest in your community

As mentioned before your success is not merely determined by the actual application process but rather by the work you do before you apply.

In some cases applicants will be required to provide relevant real life examples of where they have demonstrated initiative, determination and hard work.

Using community work as a reference is a good way to show these traits.

Displaying entrepreneurial and leadership qualities outside of school will set you apart from other applicants.

Make a point of participating in community work or extra mural activities that will enhance your application.

Follow application directions

Different companies offer different types of bursary opportunities at different times during the year.

Find out in advance which legal documents must be included and where to apply for the bursary.

You may need to certify documents which will require additional time and effort.

In most cases you will be asked to fill out a bursary form and return it via post, email or through an online application process.

Whether or not you are selected to receive a particular bursary it always pays to do your research, be prepared and work hard.

There may be a different opportunity waiting for you on the horizon.

Funding Institutions:

Eduloan – 0860 55 55 44
National Career Advice Helpline. 086 0111 673
National Youth Development Agency- 0800525252
National Student Financial Aid Scheme – 021 763 3232

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Students, in partnership with eStudy, we are pleased to announce the following FREE SOCIO ECONOMIC/SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT COURSES – perhaps complete some over the holiday period?

There are 20 vouchers available to conduct 1 or more of the following courses (Learners can opt how many courses to enroll for):

1. Developing your leadership skills – 5 hours – 1 point

2. Managing for the first time – 13 hours – 3 points

3. Managing your time and priorities – 5 hours – 1 point

4. Be a great team player – 16 hours – 4 points

5. Managing conflicts – 6 hours – 1 point

6. Ethics and Social Responsibility Awareness – 7 hours – 1 point

7. Self-Awareness and Decision Making-Skills – 7 hours – 1 point
All the above courses are CPD Accredited by the SABPP and learners will receive their certificate the month after completing the course. For any of the above courses, eStudy will not charge the student additional services/fees.


Students will have 12 months from date of registration to complete the above course/courses.

Should you wish to be considered for the above free courses, please contact with motivation and CV – use subject “eStudy Courses” – please make sure you will use this valuable asset as places are limited for now to 20.

student part time paid work

Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has identified short to medium term, and long term plans, as part of the roadmap, to transform post-school education and training.

Addressing the National Assembly on the current university situation, Minister Nzimande said in the short term, government has announced a number of interventions to assist students who come from poor and middle class families, and for the first time in the history of post-school education, the so-called “missing middle”.

All students from “missing middle” families will experience a no fee increase in the 2017 academic year. “This means it is no fee increment in 2017 for this category of students. This will benefit more than 75% of university and college students, and in some institutions, more than 90% of students will benefit,” said Minister Nzimande.

“We have also gone further and made arrangements through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to pay the registration fees for all NSFAS funded students as an upfront payment to universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in January each year.

“Therefore, NSFAS qualifying students will not pay any registration or upfront fees in 2017. Students from households with an annual family income of up to R600 000, i.e. the ‘missing middle’ will be allowed to register without paying any upfront or registration fees in 2017,” Minister Nzimande said.

He said government has also addressed the issues of historical debt of students, and all NSFAS qualifying students who are registered in 2016, having historical student debt with institutions of higher education, will be allowed to register in 2017.

“All universities will ensure that ‘missing middle’ students who have historical student debt are not excluded on the basis of debt and will also be allowed to register in 2017.

“We also wish to draw to the attention of students who are still studying or are in their first year of employment, that NSFAS will only collect debt from all graduates a year after they finished their studies.”

Long term plan

For the long term, Minister Nzimande said the department has recently received a report from the Chairperson of the NSFAS Board, Sizwe Nxasana, on the development of support and funding model for poor and “missing middle” students.

He said the report will go a long way in not only addressing the funding problems by poor and “missing middle” students, but also in addressing among other challenges the NSFAS model itself.

“The report also received the backing from a range of stakeholders including business leaders who are part of the solution and will improve the partnership between government, the private sector and higher education institutions.”

The department is processing the report and will be presented to Cabinet for consideration and decision.

Draft Policy, Revised Funding Framework for Universities

Meanwhile, Minister Nzimande said the department is processing a draft Policy and Revised Funding Framework for Universities, which emanated from the recommendations of the report from the Ministerial Committee on the Review of the Funding of Universities, which was led by the now Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The report reviews the experiences of six years of partial and full implementation of the current funding framework for universities. It also analyses the current funding framework to determine whether it has functioned effectively in achieving the goals set for it at its inception.

Commission of Inquiry

The Minister said the Commission of Inquiry established by President Jacob Zuma to inquire into, report on and make recommendations on the feasibility of a fee free higher education and training, continues to do its work and has undertaken to release its preliminary report in November 2016.

“We call on all stakeholders to provide support to enable the Commission to speedily conclude its work so that it can contribute to finding long-term solutions.” –

Part time paid work for students south africa

Students, we continue to grow, both in terms of the number of students and the number of positions available for students to work part-time. With all the “no fees” protests, it is a pleasure that some students (YOU) are willing to work to get through studies. In fact, it is proven that a part-time job benefits students in many ways. Good for YOU! Pity that the powers that be are not supporting us as a Non-Profit Company, but, as stated we are helping more students daily.

Rent-a-Student now has agreements with several Exhibition Organising companies, large business and as you know transcription services along with other “work from home” opportunities. We have also added web design work and bloggers to our growing list of services during the winter .. brrrrr….

Now, we look forward to summer, and historically, this is “Silly Season” i.e. we go bonkers as more and more work requests pour in! So .. complete the form below to be front of queue. If you have students friends and even siblings aged 17+ get them to join us by registering. Finally, we are just over 1,000 likes short of 50,000 and would love to hit that milestone – get liking us please 🙂 and make some social media noise!!! … Finally, finally, speak to your parents and other business owners, maybe some of them have been thinking to hire students but just do not know how to go about it? They can contact us directly anytime



WOW ….

We hate to say this, but we are disappointed with the lack of attention to detail from some students applying for part-time paid work via our platform. Rent-a-Student is a non-profit organsation trying to HELP students! We have businesses asking for students non-stop and our reputation means students get good pay!!

Rent a Student was formed to help students. Employers (in the main) want to help students, but the quality of applications has declined!! When we ask for a photograph – we need a photograph, when we ask for a CV we need a CV, when we say the job is in Johannesburg and students apply from Cape Town it is NOT acceptable! When students apply and then do not show it is totally unacceptable. YES that is the reality, students apply for positions and when given the position, they fail to show up = lost client = bad reputation = the end of this Non-Profit … PLEASE Respect us, respect yourself, respect the clients wanting to help students.

We give work experience to over 1,000 students a month, we have a minimum wage policy of R40 per hour, so please only apply if you have read the brief and can do the JOB.

PLEASE, remember that first impressions count.

PS – Congratulations to the many students who do excellent work! We are proud to have you on-board!

Students hold UWC staffer hostage

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Students and police clash on the UWC campus during the 2015 protests. (Netwerk24, file)

Students and police clash on the UWC campus during the 2015 protests. (Netwerk24, file)

Cape Town – Students held a University of the Western Cape staffer hostage on Tuesday as a negotiating tool during protests at its Bellville campus, the institution said.

“It is not acceptable that in a university setting students would hold a staff member against his will and use that as a condition for engagement,” it said in a letter to the “university community”.

The students said they would release him on condition a university mass meeting was held on Monday. And, that a meeting between the vice chancellor and students scheduled for 16:00 on Tuesday, include a larger group of protesting students.

Further details of how the staffer was freed were not immediately available. The university said late on Tuesday it would investigate the incident and take steps where necessary.

It deplored the incident in the light of ongoing talks to resolve students’ issues.

The campus is across the road from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, which has been part of the Fees Must Fall protests countrywide.

A minibus was torched at the CPUT Cape Town campus on Tuesday.

The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students.

The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students, pursuing an undergraduate degree up to Honours level in any field of study, at a public university or university of technology in South Africa.

HCI Foundation bursaries are primarily for students who will be in their 1st year of study in 2017 and our current bursary recipients.

Applications for other years of study will only be considered if we have spaces available.

To successfully complete an application form, follow the five steps below between 01 August 2016 and 30 September 2016.

Between 01 August 2016 and 30 September 2016.


If you have applied before, you must login with your existing username and password. Click on lost password if you have lost or forgotten it.

If you are a new applicant you must register on the system.


There are 4 sections that you will be required to complete on the application form:

Personal details
Family details
Details of proposed study for the upcoming year
Parents’ employment information
Now begin to send in your supporting documents:

Copy of ID, proof of family income or affidavit of unemployment and proof of grant.

You will be able to submit supporting documents until 30 September 2016

You can save your application at any stage and return to complete it later.

Closing Date: 30 September 2016 before Midnight

Click Here to APPLY ONLINE

So, you have researched the company and can recite your key achievements. You have looked up your interviewer on Social Media.

But have you thought about what you’re going to wear to your interview? A recent survey found that 33% of bosses know within 90 seconds whether they’ll hire someone, 60% indicated that an outfit could be a deciding factor between two near identical candidates. Our clothes make up an important part of our appearance. This does not mean spending a fortune, but it does mean working out what’s appropriate for your role.

In a series of articles we will example the typical “outfit” for a range of Job interviews starting with:


A smart but less formal approach for candidates should be adhered to for these roles, “For women a great option is a smart dress teamed with a jacket or even a fine-knit fitted cardigan. Men could team a blazer with a slim leg chino and a crisp white shirt. Brown brogues look very stylish with a chino. It’s advisable for men to wear a tie in most interview situations.

Rent-a-Student Jobs

Rent-a-Student guide for Interview Clothing



Just putting this out there in case you are interested. For 1 month, UBER are offering R200 discount on any new signed up customers. In case you want to my referral code is caind64ue – but if you use UBER yourself then give your friend your own code.


This is what I got on email ……

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By inviting your friends to ride with Uber, they’ll now get R200 off their first trip and you’ll score R200 off your next ride too.

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To access your personal referral code, open your Uber app, tap on the drop-down Profile menu and then select “Free Rides”.
You can then share your code on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp or email with friends and family.
They will automatically get up to R200 off their first ride for signing up with your code, and once they take their first ride, you will get up to R200 off your next ride too!