Bursary is a programme that is introduce by the purpose of helping students with the funding, this is targeting student who want to study at the tertiary level including Universities and colleges. Many learners drop out after passing the grade 12/matrics because they cannot afford to pay for tertiary studies since they are very very expensive. Their dreams just vanish and not fulfilled some have a very good marks, they meet minimum requirements to be admitted at the universities, but because of the poor background, they cannot afford to further their studies. Bursary is there to close the gap.
Who is covered in a Bursary
Not all learners are covered in the bursary programme they are requirements needed to be covered by bursary, depending on the type of the bursary, below are and type of people covered by bursary
1. South African Citizen
Only SOUTH AFRICAN learners/students are covered by the bursary programme, Government and Companies they wants only south African citizens to benefits from this programmes by doing they don't allow other people from other countries to take part or use bursary. Reason is that since most of learners and students are from poor family background, they cannot afford to pay for themselves.
2. Be from Poor Background/disadvantage family
Learners and student from disadvantage families, have shortage of money and it id difficult for them to pay for their studies, because fees of tertiary education are very very high, that is why most of the bursaries are targeting students from from poor background
3. Be admitted to University/College
To get a bursary you need to be admitted to study at the university or College. Some learners can be offered a bursary even if they are not admitted to University and College, and they could not use it but disturb those who are in need of that bursary, so that is why when you apply for bursary you have to attach proof of University or College admittance.
Costs covered by a Bursary
N.B not all the costs that I have mentioned below are covered by every bursary, each of them has it's own costs allocations.
1. Tuition fees
Is the school feed, the money payed by the student to an Institution for lecturing, classes, Lab equipment and study materials. All the bursaries are paying these fees even some they only pay this fees only.
The money for the residence of students, the place were the students are staying during the studies. It can be the residence from the institution or renting from outside. Usually the money is paid directly to the institution if you are staying the institution campus, but if you are staying outside the campus, money is paid directly into your personal account.
3. Book fees
Some bursaries are paying for study materials such as books, computers, Cellphone, tablets, and others. For this, the money is paid directly to students account.
4. Transport Fees
If the students is studying outside the campus far from the campus, money for for transport will be given to him/her, but not all bursaries pays for this.
Who is offering Bursaries
They are many bursary offers in South Africa, below are some of those offers in south Africa
Many companies in South Africa are offering bursaries, both private and public companies, companies such as Eskom, Bmw, Ford, Anglo American, Sasol, Samancor, Csir, Transnet, Telkom and many more. Most of them they have agreement with the student that after student have completed his/her studies will work for them for the same years they been sponsoring you
Every municipal in South Africa is offering bursaries to the students, but those bursaries are offered to the students who reside under that municipality. Most of municipal offer only students who are from disadvantaged background and admitted to tertiary education.
Some of the organisations who are not from government are also helping students with the funding organisation such as NYDA, Motsepe Trust, Batho Pele, and others
Who encourage our youth to be educated, if you cannot afford to pay for the studies the information above is for you, Have time and start implementing it you will be successful