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Bursary Deadlines

The deadline for Bursary Applications each year is

30 September

Please click here for more about how to apply for a bursary and download an application form.

Apply for a Bursary

The closing date for bursary applications is 30 September

Important note for learners in Grade 12

You should apply to the University or University of Technology of your choice as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You should ensure that all examination results from Grade 11 until June/September of Grade 12 are submitted. Late applications cost more and often lead to frustration when you find your chosen course of study is full.

For more information on how to apply to your chosen Higher Education Institutions
Go to the following links:

University of Cape Town www.uct.ac.za
University of the Western Cape www.uwc.ac.za
University of Stellenbosch www.sun.ac.za
Cape Peninsula University of Technology www.cput.ac.za



Please read this information carefully before you fill in the application form.



  • Only South African citizens who are resident in the Western Cape are eligible.
  • Students who are in Grade 12 and intend studying for a first degree, diploma or higher certificate are eligible.
  • You must meet the entry requirements for your chosen field of study.



  • Applications may be made for a University or University of Technology in the Western Cape only.
  • Applications for private institutions or FET Colleges are not accepted.
  • In view of large numbers of applications, only successful candidates will be notified. This will be done by the end of February.



  • Awards are made by a Selection Committee meeting in late January and are based on merit and financial need. Where funds are limited priority is given to students who are financially needy and who are from less advantaged communities.
  • Awards are variable and cover a percentage of the cost of tuition, registration and books.
  • ASSET bursaries are not repayable.
  • Bursary funds are paid directly to tertiary institutions.

Download and complete the application form and post it to:
Bursary Department
Association for Educational Transformation
5 Long Street

Please ensure that certified copies of all available supporting documents are enclosed.
Application forms will not be accepted through fax or email.
Hard copies of Application Forms are available from 1 July each year and may be collected from the office or posted to you on request.

Click here to download the application form.

The closing date for bursary applications is 30 September
If you have not been contacted by the end of February, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Learner Comments

I love to be close to my books where there’s no one who will disturb my learning time and as Saturday is a busy time in townships you can’t read your books nicely. I also come to Saturday classes to improve my seriousness with my books.

Boy Snyder