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GCRA Bursary Application and Online Registration in South Africa

GCRA Bursary Application and Online Registration in South Africa

The Bursary Fund is an initiative of the Governments of the Western Cape and Northern Province to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to further their studies at university level. It offers bursaries towards the cost of tuition, accommodation and related expenses for students who have scored at least 50% in their Grade 12 final exams and are enrolled in a full-time degree programme leading to a first or upper second class honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification at a South African university. Eligible students can receive up to 80% of their total educational costs, subject to a maximum amount per student. This means that eligible applicants can receive up to R80 000 towards their tuition fees, R20 000 per academic year for each dependent child enrolled at university, and R20 000 for each other dependant family member (elderly parent, disabled parent or sibling) attending university as well.

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How to apply for the Bursary Fund

The application process for the Bursary Fund is as follows: Fill in and submit the Bursary Fund Application form. The application form can be accessed through your school or institute’s website or by searching for it on the internet. You will have to provide the following details in the application form: – Name – Date of Birth – Gender – Address – Contact Details (email/mobile) – Academic Performance (Final Grade 12 results) – Any Dependents (Adults and Children) – How much will you need for tuition, books and other expenses? – Which university are you applying to?

Bursary Fund requirements

The following details will have to be provided in the Bursary Fund Application form: – Proof of Admission or Enrolment – Original and certified Grade 12 final results – Proof of income – A letter of recommendation from a teacher – Proof of dependents’ income and expenses – A letter of support from a relative or someone who knows you well – Proof of any disability – Original and certified proof of any dependents

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What happens when you apply?

Once you submit your application to the Bursary Fund, the Fund’s Adjudication Department will take at least two weeks to process the application and send you an acknowledgement. If your application passes the requirements, you will receive an official letter from the Fund informing you of the amount you have been awarded.

Eligible students

The Bursary Fund is only available to South African citizens who are enrolled in a full-time degree programme leading to a first or upper second class honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification at a South African university. The Bursary Fund is only available to students who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. To be eligible for the Fund, students must have achieved at least 50% in their Grade 12 final exams. The following will be accepted as evidence of their Grades: – Transcript of Marks – High School Yearbook – School Leaving Certificate – School Leaving Certificate (for mature students aged 21 or older) – ICT Marking Scheme – SAQA Marking Scheme – SAQA Non-Credit Marking Scheme

Conclusion

The Western Cape Bursary Fund and the Northern Province Bursary Fund are two government-funded bursary schemes. They are aimed at economically disadvantaged students from Western Cape and the Northern Province who have scored at least 50% in their Grade 12 final exams. The bursary amount awarded depends on the final Grade achieved by the applicant. The bursary amount awarded ranges from R25 500 to R80 000. These bursary schemes are run by the Bursary Fund which is under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training. The Fund aims to provide financial assistance to students who otherwise would not be able to afford to study at university. Students who are granted bursaries by the Fund are entitled to full assistance and are not required to repay a loan.

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