SANRAL High School Bursary 2025

SANRAL has opened its 2025 High School 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 be in Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11 or Grade 12
  • You must be registered to study at an endorsed South African high school
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60%
  • You must have a good academic record
  • You must NOT have any other funding which covers their school fees: if applying for a full scholarship

BURSARY COVERAGE

The value of the scholarship awarded will depend on the Means Test – all applications will undergo a Means Test, which is a calculation used to determine the amount of financial assistance SANRAL will provide. The applicants family may need to contribute to any outstanding fees, depending on the results of the Means Test.

The scholarship may provide cover for the following expenses: registration fees, school fees, stationery, books, school and sport uniform, hostel fees and transport. School fees will be paid directly to the school (per the school fees statements), while school and sport uniforms, stationery and books expenses will be refunded to parents (after submitting original proof of payment and a claim form).

Scholarship holders will also receive:
Learner Support to help prepare for studying and academic success.
Holistic support, including career information and guidance in a desired career path.
Psychological counselling, career coaching, extra classes and exam preparation dependent on a needs assessment.

Successful candidates will be contacted – if you have do not received any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Download and complete the SANRAL High School Scholarship Application Form (.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 be disregarded):

  • ID document or birth certificate (certified copy)
  • June 2025 academic results (certified copy)
  • Motivational letter written by the applicant (stating why you deserve the scholarship and about yourself: 2 pages)
  • Motivational letter written by your school principal to support your application
  • Motivational letter written by your parents/ guardians to support your application
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (recent payslips if employed)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of residence (water and electricity bill from the local council, affidavit if unemployed or self-employed)

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to Gcina Sentletse: scholarships@nra.co.za
(Insert the words “SANRAL Scholarship – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).


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.