Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) Bursary 2020

January 20, 2020

The Rural Education Access Programme, or REAP, is currently inviting eligible candidates to send their application and qualify for its Bursary Programme offering for the 2020 academic year. Check the details below to get more information about this bursary support opportunity.

Formerly called the Catholic Education Assistance Programme prior to its registration in 2001 as an incorporated association, REAP works closely with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, or SABC, in providing educational assistance regardless of religious affiliation or faith. REAP is a registered non-profit organization with a Level 3 BEE classification and tax-exempt status.

As a national programme of the South African government, REAP operates its head office in Cape Town and two (2) regional offices in Durban and Johannesburg. The organization currently has 30 staff members, an extensive network of recruitment volunteers and other NGO partners all across South Africa.

Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) Bursary 2020

All REAP bursaries come from schools in rural areas all over the country and are pursuing a wide variety of fields of study in 16 recognized higher education institutions. The programme enables young people from marginalized communities who cannot afford higher education to poverty, lack of information, low-quality education, lack of information, historical apartheid discrimination or distance from educational hubs or urban centers.

With support coming from state mechanism, REAP is able to provide supplementary bursary funding including allowances, laptops and essential technical equipment. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme provides the core funding which will cover:

  • Tuition fee expenses
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Book fees
  • Meal expenses

In addition, REAP will be providing the following:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Comprehensive psychological support
  • Academic monitoring
  • Mentoring
  • Life skills training

Who should apply?

In order to qualify for consideration for bursary support, REAP requires applicants to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be from a rural area and have gone to a rural school
  • Must have taken the NSC exams at a rural school no more than two (2) years ago
  • NSC exam results must average to at least 55% (do not include Life Orientation marks)
  • Gross household/family income must not be over R122,000 per year
  • Able to furnish proof of household/family income and social grants as needed
  • Must have formally gainedBrenJ admission to a prescribed higher education institution
  • Must have been approved for NSFAS funding and obtained formal confirmation
  • Must have already secured residence or from an accredited NSFAS accommodation provider

List of learning institutions recognized by REAP

The number of students that can be awarded bursary support will depend on how many bursars the learning institution is able to accommodate: Thus, REAP recommends applicants to have higher academic qualifications to what the institutions require. Only applicants who have successfully gained admission to the following tertiary education institutions below:

  • Central University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Western Cape

What is the selection process?

REAP implements a fair and efficient recruitment and selection process that accurately assesses the following:

  • Household/family income
  • Course motivation
  • Academic performance

Applicants who get short-listed will get an invitation for a face-to-face interview.

How do I apply?

Applicants who meet all the initial eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply by clicking the link and filling out the online application form.

Application Deadline?

The deadline for the submission of applications is on 14 February 2020.

Contact Information

Should you have other questions about the bursary programme send an email directly to:


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  • Reply Pitsi Martina Makgakga March 30, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    The information provided was helpful and I will be happy if I get more of it from you.

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