How To Apply For A Cyril Ramaphosa Bursary

To apply for a Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary, you must start by creating an account on Xhuma Bursaries. You will need the following documents: 

  • Your ID or Birth Certificate
  • Your Parents’ or Guardian’s proof of address
  • Proof of ALL academic results
  • Your Parents’ or Guardian’s proof of income

To apply for the CRET bursary, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • You must be a South African citizen between 16 and 30 years old
  • You must have proof that you have applied for the course you want to study
  • You cannot change your course of study. You also have a higher chance of being funded if your field of study is less common
  • You may only be studying an undergraduate degree or diploma. No postgraduate students will be considered
  • You must have proof that you struggle financially, and will not be able to study without the bursary

Part-time students may also apply, as long as they meet the other requirements.

Is CRET Bursary Open For Applications?

CRET has not yet released the date that it will open for applications for the 2023 academic year. At the time of writing, applications were not open yet. 

What Does The CRET Bursary Cover?

The CRET takes into consideration each student’s needs, as well as their potential. For this reason, each bursary is tailored to suit each recipient. The bursary can include, but is no limited to the following: 

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Prescribed books and textbooks
  • Stationery
  • Personal allowance stipend 

What Does The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation Do?

The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, originally the Shanduka Foundation, provides financial aid to students in need, who have great potential. The initial goal of the foundation when it opened in 2004 was to fund five students who were studying towards business degrees. 

Since then, the foundation has grown and developed with the help of its partners and corporate sponsors, and now supports 105 students. 

The CRET bursary is made to help students who would usually be overlooked by other bursaries, who usually look for the top achievers only. This bursary looks for students who have the potential to flourish under the right conditions and with good support. 

CRET then provides these candidates with financial aid, psychological and social grounding, support, and mentorship. 

Does The CRET Bursary Fund Studies At Private Colleges?

No, CRET only funds South African citizens studying at South African public institutions. No private studies are funded by the CRET Bursary. 

What Have We Learned?

  • You can apply for the CRET Bursary on Xhuma Bursaries website
  • The CRET bursary covers the individual needs of each recipient
  • The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation aims to help students that have potential but would be overlooked by other bursary schemes
  • The CRET Bursary does not fund private studies

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Written by: Chloe Bydawell

Uploaded on 08 September 2022

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