The Department of Higher Education and Training bursary for students with disabilities

disabilityThis bursary aims to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities by empowering them through financial means to academic access.The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007) recognises that disability results from interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers. It recognises persons who have long-term or recurring physical, mental intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. In addition, within the higher education sector, psychosocial and Specific Learning Disabilities need to be taken into account.

To qualify, the student must:

  • be a South African citizen with a disability
  • show the potential to succeed academically


This bursary covers tuition fees, study material and assistive devices, depending on the nature of the disability. Students need to apply annually.

Students will not be allowed to change the course for which they have been granted the bursary.
To be awarded, students must meet the requirements of the bursary. A limited amount of funds are made available each year.

How to apply for aid?

Applications can be made via one of our regional offices throughout South Africa or through the post, telephonically, personally or by downloading the necessary information from our website.

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