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Estimated Cost To Complete One Year Of Full Time Study At a TVET College | TVET College Fees 2022

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Estimated Cost To Complete One Year Of Full Time Study At a TVET College | TVET College Fees 2022


The fees for studying at a public TVET college are reasonable to ensure that they are affordable. The Department of Higher Education and Training subsidises 80% of the delivery costs and bursaries and loans are available to assist students to pay for tuition fees. In 2015 approximately 200 000 students at TVET Colleges will benefit from DHET bursaries administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

The costs of courses vary considerably. Here are some examples of fees charged for different TVET courses.

Estimated Cost To Complete One Year Of Full Time Study At a TVET College | TVET College Fees 2022
Estimated Cost To Complete One Year Of Full Time Study At a TVET College | TVET College Fees 2022

Examples of fees charged for TVET courses
Please note that these fees may have changed after this table was compiled.

False Bay National Certificate: Information Technology System Support 5 1 year R 29,400
False Bay Skills Programme: Assistant Chef 2 6 months R 8,000
False Bay Skills Programme: Waitron Training 2 1 month R 1,750
False Bay Further Education & Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development (ECD) 4 18 months R 16,500
False Bay Engineering: Motor Mechanics, Electrical N1-N3 N/A 30 weeks R 15,520
Coastal Short course: Cabinet Making N/A 56 hours R3,725
Coastal Short course: Haircare N/A 6 months R 7 760
Coastal Business Management (N4-N6) 2-4 1 year per level R 13,698 per year
Coastal National Certificate (Vocational): Finance, Economics and Accounting 2-4 1 year per level R 7,521
per year
Tshwane North Skills Programme: Craft and Confectionery Baking 2 1 year R 6,800
Tshwane North Short course: Events management N/A 12 weeks R 2,450
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): Business Studies; Finance, Economics and Accounting 2 1 year R 8,000
Tshwane North National Certificate (Vocational): General/Utility Studies: Hospitality 4 1 year (last year of a 3-year course) R 13,700
Tshwane North Business Studies: Legal Secretary N4-N6 6 6 months per N-Level R 2,250 per N-Level


R2 900 per year
The bursary covers TVET college students’ tuition fees, registration costs and the following allowances: Personal care allowance: All NSFAS funded students receive R2 900 per year. Transport allowance: Students who live 40km away from their campus qualify for a transport allowance and will receive R7 350 per annum.

There are a number of ways to fund your studies.

Many private companies and government departments offer bursaries or scholarships to cover all or part of your studies. There are generally conditions attached to the bursaries, e.g. awarding the bursary for a specific area of study (e.g. mechanical engineering) or to a specific group (e.g. black women). There could also be ‘work-back’ conditions requiring recipients to work for the company for a period after graduating, and conditions relating to the required level of achievement.

DHET TVET Colleges Bursary Scheme (Administered by NSFAS):
The government established the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) specifically to assist students with academic ability from low-income families. NSFAS provides loans and bursaries to students attending public universities and public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. Two criteria are applied in awarding bursaries: prospective students have to undergo a ‘means test’ to determine their need for financial assistance, and students must have a good academic record.
Loans must be repaid to NSFAS after completion of the studies, but some loans may be converted into bursaries that do not have to be repaid. (

Bursaries available for specific TVET courses:
Most TVET colleges have information on bursaries that are available for courses they offer. Prospective students should enquire about bursaries at the colleges where they plan to enrol. Click here for an example of a Financial Aid brochure from the False Bay TVET College, with information on how to apply, who qualifies, what is covered by the NSFAS bursary, and other bursaries/loans:

Loans from financial institutions:
You could apply to banks and other financial institutions for student loans. You could also apply to Eduloan, a private company that works closely with the banks. Eduloan offers funding for tuition and other costs associated with studying at a university or other training institution. (

Grants from SETAs:
The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) make grants available for a variety of education and training priorities. The grants are generally paid to the employers who should apply for the grants from the SETA. The grants are available for the training of employees and for unemployed persons whose studies are funded by an employer. For example, FASSET, the SETA for financial, accounting and related services has a NSFAS Loan Repayment Grant (NLRG) to assist students to repay their NFSAS loans.

Private funds:
If you are unable to access funding through any of the above-mentioned ways, you will need to fund your own studies. Hopefully, your parents or family members will be able to assist in paying for your studies.

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has a comprehensive Bursaries and study loans information pack It provides detailed information on different types and sources of funding for post-school studies, the conditions, requirements and study fields funded, as well as where and how to apply. It includes a comprehensive list of bursaries available from private companies, with details on applications.

The Careers Portal ( provides information on bursaries, scholarships, student loans and other opportunities available to fund university and other studies, together with the fields of study funded, requirements and details on how to apply.

Other institutions offer bursaries for specific study fields, for example, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers provides information under ‘Bursaries and scholarships’ on its website: