FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Are there any age limit for bursary application?
No, as long as the applicant is currently at least at Grade 12 and forward level.
Are Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) students accepted?
No. Bursaries are only offered to inexperienced teacher education students.
Can distance education and part-time students apply for a bursary?
Yes, provided they meet all other admission and application criteria.
Are beneficiaries of other funding eligible to apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary?
Yes, if they qualified and if the terms and conditions of the other bursary allow.
How much is a Funza Lushaka bursary worth?
The total value of a bursary depends on the institution’s cost structures. Funza Lushaka bursaries will pay for the recipient’s necessary educational expenses.
What does the bursary cover?
Expenses paid for by the Funza Lushaka bursary include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials. A small living allowance for monthly expenses may also be provided, if possible. The funding allocation to the bursary holders is limited at a certain value. Other expenses that exceeds the capped bursary value should be shouldered by the recipient’s own funds.
Can bursaries be awarded for fewer than the number of years required to complete a programme?
Yes. Students already studying at a university of any level can be accepted for the bursary.
Can a student who has other funding from another source receive a Funza Lushaka bursary?
Yes, in the following conditions:
- Full-cost Funza Lushaka bursary requires students to forfeit other funding
- The terms and conditions of the other bursary allows funding from multiple sources
- The Funza Lushaka bursary conditions for placement on completion of studies take priority
Can a student receive a bursary for an extra year of study?
Extension of bursary will only be allowed for students who wish to pursue the PGCE programme. Additional year of study for non-PGCE programme will only be considered on a case to case basis, otherwise, additional time required will be paid for by the student’s own expense.
Is the bursary renewable?
Yes, bursary is valid for only one academic year and should be renewed upon the recipient’s annual application and submission of satisfactory academic reports until completion of qualification as a teacher.
Will the recipient of a bursary be required to teach?
Yes, after completion of studies, bursary recipients are required to teach for a period equivalent to bursary received. Each year of service will repay one full-time year of bursary-assisted studies.
Must the bursary be repaid?
Repayment of bursary will only be required if:
- The recipient fails to complete the studies
- Recipient cannot comply with minimum bursary conditions and requirement
- Student registers for a course of study that is not in a designated priority area
- Recipient fails to apply and take up a teaching post at a public school
- Recipient leaves a teaching post before the end of the contracted service period