REAP Bursary South Africa

About REAP

The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) previously operated as Catholic Education Assistance Programme (CEAP) in 2001. REAP is an associate organization of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) but provides support to all young people regardless of faith or affiliation.

REAP intends to reduce poverty and empower young people to better the quality of their lives by helping students from rural areas across South Africa to continue higher education at selected universities. REAP students originate from rural schools in all provinces and are accepted in a wide range of courses at different tertiary institutions.

It has Level 3 BEE status and is registered as a non-profit organisation in South Africa. Donations to REAP have tax exemption status. REAP’s head office is located in Cape Town and has regional offices in Johannesburg and Durban.

REAP Bursaries

REAP aims to support free higher education for the poor and working-class by supplementing NSFAS funding recipients with monthly stipend and a structured student development programme which includes psychosocial support, mentoring, academic guidance and life skills training. REAP assistance is only available to qualified students.

REAP financial support is limited to R6000 per year and is no longer awarding full-cost bursaries. REAP bursary holders are required to do community service every year.

Students who have been accepted at any of the following institutions are eligible to apply for REAP bursaries:

  • Central University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Western Cape

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • South African citizens
  • Applicants must come from a rural area and have attended a rural school
  • Applicants must have written their NSC examinations at a rural school within the previous two (2) years
  • Not more than 24 years old
  • Family/household income should not exceed R122 000 per year or R10 167 per month before any deductions
  • Minimum 55% average for NSC examinations (Life Orientation should not be included when calculating the average)
  • Formal acceptance to study at any one of the institutions listed above
  • Successful application and receipt of formal confirmation for NSFAS funding
  • Have a residence or a private accommodation accredited by NSFAS

How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Apply online at
  2. Read and follow instructions and proceed to the application by providing your valid ID number.

Opening & Closing Date

14 February 2020.

Contact Details

Tel: 021 696 5500
Fax: 086 247 1028

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