Selection and planning of appropriate programmes
Career guidance is aimed at placing students within the most appropriate academic field. Literacy and numeracy assessment is conducted using either a CAP test or the Pace Career tool. This is used to identify learners potentially at risk identify gaps and provide early warning signs that would assist in providing academic support programmes that would address the developmental needs of students.
Contracting and Code of Conduct
Students who enrol at the college are recognized as responsible adults who are willing and ready to abide by the college-set rules and regulations. The college fully supports the Constitutional rights of the students, however, it also acknowledges their individual and collective responsibilities to maintain an orderly atmosphere of teaching and learning. Upon registration, students must read and sign a standard code of conduct. All students are required to adhere to the code of conduct. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary actions and sanctions.
During this period, students are informed of the following aspects:-
- Respective roles and responsibilities and what is expected of them throughout their studies.
- Financial Aid Processes
- Introduced to all staff members
- Overview of the programmes offered as well as the weightings per subject.
- 80% class attendance
- Academic performance
The college does not offer bursaries to students. Still, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) does via the DHET TVET Bursary scheme: National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) administers bursary applications on behalf of the DHET through TVET Colleges.
What is NSFAS?
NSFAS is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education and Training established according to the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges.
The mission statement is made up of three well-defined elements, which describe why NSFAS exists and its impact on the people it serves.
- NSFAS exists to provide financial aid to eligible students at public TVET colleges and public universities.
- NSFAS identifies eligible students, provides bursaries and collects past student loan repayments to replenish the funds available for future generations of students.
- NSFAS supports access to and success in higher education and training for students from poor and working-class families who would otherwise not be able to afford to study.
What does the bursary cover?
Amounts indicated for accommodation, living allowance, transport and learning materials need to be aligned with the approved latest DHET guidelines.
- Accommodation in an urban area R24,000 per annum.
- Accommodation in an peri-urban area R18,900 per annum.
- Accommodation in an rural area R15,750 per annum.
- Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R7,350 per annum.
- Transport R7000 per annum.
- Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum.
Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?
- All South African citizens
- All SASSA grant recipients qualify for funding
- Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
- A person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
- Students who started studying before 2018 and whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.
PLEASE NOTE: It is NOT GUARANTEED that you will receive a bursary.
NSFAS-funded students who have a disability are further supported through an additional allowance for:
- Assistive devices – limited to one assistive device for the duration of study.
- Human support – to cover the cost of a caregiver, guide dog scribe, tutor or sign language interpreter.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR A NSFAS BURSARY
- Certified copy of your ID book/birth certificate.
- Certified copy of ID of parents/guardians or certified copy of death certificate of parents/guardians.
- Employment documents – salary advice slips not older than 3 months of either parents or guardians OR SASSA letter OR pension slip it the parents/guardians are pensioners. If the parents/guardians are unemployed, a bank statement.
- If you have a disability, a letter from your Doctor.
- Other documents as advised by NSFAS during your application.
- The stamps on all certified documents should not be older than 3 months.
- Please apply online at nsfas.org.za, or contact the Student Support Officer on the campus where you want to study.
Application dates are communicated on campus, on college social media platforms and on the NSFAS website.