ASSET (Association for Educational Transformation) Bursary Opened for 2025

ASSET (Association for Educational Transformation) has opened its 2025 September Bursary programme and is inviting Interested applicants to apply. All Interested applicants should follow the details below to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2025.

BURSARY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must reside within the Western Cape province
  • You must be have completed Matric or be currently in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time towards an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate qualification (in any field)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying towards your first qualification (i.e have not completed any previous tertiary qualifications)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a University or University of Technology within the Western Cape (NOT a private institution or FET College): UCT, UWC, SUN or CPUT
  • You must meet the entry requirements at the University or University of Technology for your chosen course of study
  • Preference will be given to students in financial need (total income of less than R18 000 per month for a family with 2 children, or R2 000 extra per child for up to 4 children and total income between R350 000 and R600 000 per year)
  • Preference will be given to students who have achieved above average results for subjects relevant to their field of study
  • Preference will be given to students who have attended poorer schools but have still achieved a University entrance
  • Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged communities, rural areas and/or informal settlements
  • Preference will be given to students who have excellent attendance and have proved commitment to the ASSET Learner Development Programme

BURSARY COVERAGE

Bursaries will support students for the entire duration of their undergraduate studies, on condition that they maintain good grades. Students must reapply for funding each year.

ASSET bursaries are not repayable, but bursary recipients should join the ASSET Alumni Association and occasionally assist with other programmes or in the office.

Bursaries will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The most important criteria is the means test – a test used to determination eligibility for government financial assistance, based on family income.

Due to a large numbers of applications expected to be received, only successful candidates will be notified by the end of February 2025. If you do not receive any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Download and complete the relevant application form:

New or first-time applicants: ASSET Bursary Application Form (New Applicants) (.pdf)

Existing bursary holders: ASSET Bursary Application Form (Renewal) (.pdf)
 

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric mid-year, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Mid-year tertiary results, if finals are not available (certified copy)
  • Full academic transcripts, if in 2nd to final year of study (certified copy)
  • Proof of household income (payslips if employed/ sworn statement or affidavit/ pension advice if applicable) (certified copy)
  • Motivational letter to support your application

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email: bursary@asset.org.za

2) Post or hand delivery:
Association for Educational Transformation (ASSET)
5 Long Street
Mowbray
7700
Western Cape
South Africa

Please note: faxed applications will NOT be accepted.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.