Cyril Ramaphosa Bursary

By Victoria N · Nov 1, 2023
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Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary applications are still open for 2024. Students who need funding can submit their applications online.



The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary Programme is a bursary scheme that provides financial assistance to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and who demonstrate strong academic results. The bursary programme was established in 2000 by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who wanted to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their educational goals. 


The bursary programme is open to students who are pursuing undergraduate studies in the following fields:

  • Commerce and finance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Sciences (excluding MBChB)
  • Technology
  • Scarce or critical skills training (such as boiler making, welding, plumbing, OHS, renewable energy, waste management, green technology, entrepreneurship, etc)



The students who qualify for the CRET bursary meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen.
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 27 years.
  • Must demonstrable financial need, with a total household income of NOT more than R650 000 per annum.
  • You must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying towards an undergraduate qualification, within one of the required fields of study.
  • You must be studying or have applied/ registered to study at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa (University, University of Technology, TVET College or other recognized learning institution)


Does CRET fund private colleges?

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary does not fund private colleges. The bursary programme is only available to students who are studying at public institutions in South Africa such as TVET collages, Universities and Universities of Technology.



  • Tuition fees,
  • Textbooks and other study materials
  • Laptops
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • A monthly living allowance
  • Transport (where required)

What is the CRET Bursary allowance?

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary allowance per month differs depending on the student's needs and the cost of living in the area where they are studying. However, the bursary allowance is enough to cover the student's basic living expenses.

According to the CRET website, the bursary allowance for the 2024 academic year is as follows:

  • Students studying in major metropolitan areas: R3,500 per month
  • Students studying in smaller towns and rural areas: R2,500 per month



  • Your certified ID Document
  • Certified copy of  Matric latest results, if currently in Matric
  • Certified copy of Matric certificate, if completed Matric
  • Certified copy of Full academic record, if currently studying at tertiary level
  • Proof of tertiary application and/or registration
  • Proof of residence
  • Parents or guardians proof of household income (latest pay slips if employed, affidavit if
    unemployed, proof of pension or grant if applicable)
  • Motivational letter to support your application
  • Proof of undertaking a psychometric test (that supports your chosen field of study) (applicants may download and complete the free psychometric evaluation test and submit their results with their supporting documents)


Benefits of the CRET Bursary Programme

There are many benefits to receiving a CRET Bursary, including:

  • Financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, books, stationery, and a personal allowance stipend.
  • Mentorship from experienced professionals.
  • Career guidance and support.
  • Psychosocial support to help students cope with the challenges of student life.
  • The opportunity to network with other high-achieving students and professionals.


How to apply for the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Bursary

 Applications must be submitted online at Applications not submitted online will not be considered. Follow this step by step guide on how to apply for CRET Bursary online:

Step 1: Register using your name, phone number and email address

Step 2: Enter the verification code sent to your email address

Step 3: Click on the "bursaries. Take action" tab

Step 4: Then click on the "Start a tertiary funding application. Apply Now" tab

Step 5: Fill in your personal details

Step 6: Upload documents

Step 7: Submit your application




Closing Date:

 The closing date for the CRET Bursary is on the 10th of December 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information on the CRET bursary visit: 


In conclusion, the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Bursary is a valuable opportunity for deserving students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their educational goals. The bursary programme provides students with financial assistance, mentorship, career guidance, and psychosocial support.


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