Which Colleges Does NSFAS Fund in Gauteng

By Trev Gami •  Updated: 04/20/24 •  5 min read

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary is meant for disadvantaged South African students intending to pursue their studies at public universities or TVET colleges. It funds 50 TVET colleges across different provinces in South Africa. The following are the TVET colleges funded by NSFAS in Gauteng. 

Which Colleges Does NSFAS Fund in Gauteng

There are eight TVET colleges funded by NSFAS in Gauteng province, which include the following:

Central Johannesburg TVET College

This college offers a flexible and creative environment that enables the students to come together and learn different vocational courses.

Ekurhuleni East TVET College

Ekurhuleni East TVET College offers world-class vocational education, artisan-oriented course, and skills development where both students and staff are expected to collaborate to produce the best results. The college employs the best staff to ensure that quality is delivered. It is one of the few institutions in South Africa which focuses on producing artisans who are absorbed in different industries. 

Ekurhuleni West TVET College

Ekurhuleni West TVET College offers vocational education and training, and it is located in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng Province. It also operates six campuses namely: Germiston, Alberton, Boksburg, Kathorus, Kempton, and Tembisa.

Sedibeng TVET College 

Sedibeng TVET College offers a National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at all college campuses. Heidelberg, Vanderbijlpark, and Sebokeng campuses offer Business Studies as semester courses. Vereeniging and Sebokeng offer Engineering Studies as trimester courses, while Skills and Artisan courses are available at all college campuses upon request.

South West Gauteng TVET College 

South West Gauteng TVET College is accredited by Umalusi and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA) to provide education and training. It is one of the biggest colleges in South Africa, with an enrolment of 30 000. Its head office is at Molapo Campus, Soweto. It has three campuses in Soweto, two in Roodepoort, and one in Randburg. It also offers distance learning and e-learning. Students who have completed the Level 4 NC (V) can proceed to Higher Education at universities or universities of technology. 

Tshwane North TVET College

Tshwane North TVET College is a leader in offering technical and vocational education and training to students. Its approach to education is based on hands-on involvement to empower students with the necessary skills to help them solve different problems. 

Tshwane South TVET College 

Tshwane South TVET College offers world-class education and training to equip students with the necessary skills required in different industries. 

Western TVET College 

Western TVET College offers technical and vocational education and training to equip students with different skills that are often in short supply. 

Does NSFAS Pay Private Colleges?

NSFAS only funds public TVET colleges, excluding private colleges. NSFAS mainly targets students from families with low income who cannot afford to study at private colleges, which are generally more expensive than public institutions. If you want to apply for NSFAS funding, your combined household income should not exceed R350 000 or R600 000 for disabled students. 

Which TVET Does NSFAS Fund?

The NSFAS bursary covers various courses. Prospective students who need to study at TVET colleges should know the colleges that are funded by NSFAS in their respective provinces. NSFAS only pays for the first qualification, and it does not fund postgraduate courses. The financial aid scheme also covers online courses offered through a public TVET college. 

There are 50 TVET colleges funded by NSFAS across South Africa. The following are the colleges found in each province. 

Gauteng TVET Colleges 

KwaZulu-Natal TVET Colleges funded by NSFAS

Western Cape TVET Colleges Funded by NSFAS

Eastern Cape TVET Colleges 

Free State TVET Colleges 

Limpopo TVET Colleges 

Mpumalanga TVET Colleges 

Northern Cape TVET Colleges 

North West TVET Colleges 

Which Courses Will NSFAS Stop Funding?

NSFAS has stopped funding some courses, which include BTECH, nursing, teaching, and other degrees. Bachelor of Nursing Science (BCur) and Bachelor of Education (B Ed) for first-time students are no longer funded by NSFAS. Any qualification that includes the word national in its title will no longer be funded by NSFAS. Additionally, NSFAS has stopped funding all bridging programs, legacy NQF Level 8 qualifications, and Legacy two-year diplomas. 

NSFAS funds 50 TVET colleges and 26 public universities in South Africa. Gauteng province has 10 TVET colleges funded by NSFAS, and these exclude private colleges. However, NSFAS no longer funds other programs. You should check the prospectus of each TVET college before applying for a particular course to check whether it is available or not.  

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