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Faculty of Education

Before registering as a student, you need to determine whether or not you will have sufficient funds to finance your studies. In addition to the actual course/module fees, you should also provide for meals, books, equipment, transport, accommodation and general living expenses.

More detailed information can be obtained from:

Nelson Mandela University offers financial assistance to full-time students in the form of bursaries, merit awards, scholarships and study loans. Assistance is based on academic excellence, financial need as well as sporting achievements. These awards will not necessarily cover all costs, and due to limited funds, not all candidates who apply will be granted the bursary. The university also provides financial assistance in collaboration with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for financially needy students. More detailed information can be obtained from:

Funza Lushaka Bursaries

The Department of Basic Education provides a number of Funza Lushaka service-obligation bursaries to Education students annually. Strict criteria and conditions apply. Bursaries are awarded on grounds of academic merit and specialisation in priority areas identified by DBE.

  • Only students who have already been provisionally admitted or admitted into the B Ed programme or PGCE can apply.
  • The Department of Basic Education will only consider registered students for selection.

Apply on-line at:

Matthew Goniwe Bursary

Teacher Education Bursary from the Eastern Cape Dept. of Education.


• Unemployed youth between the ages of 18-35 years.

• Only applicants who are residing fulltime in the Eastern Cape will be considered.

• Only prospective BEd and PGCE student will be considered.

The bursary covers the following:

• Registration fees

• Tuition fees and study material

• Residence fees and food allowances


• All 12 districts throughout the Eastern Cape Province including Head Office

• The ECDoE website (

Important dates

Prospective candidates are advised to apply for admission to the Nelson Mandela University and the B Ed programme well in advance, i.e. from April of the year preceding their first year of study.

Closing date for 2019 applications: 30 September 2018

Closing date for NSFAS loans: ± 30 November 2018

Registration of admitted students: ± 31 January 2019 (approx.)