Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) at the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & IT (EBIT) - The University of Pretoria (UP) 

July 12, 2023

Isfap Admin

Source: The University of Pretoria

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP), a non-profit organisation, is a bursary scheme that provides financial aid through public-private partnerships to South Africa’s designated ‘missing middle’ category students who do not qualify for free tertiary education. The pilot programme was launched in four faculties at the University of Pretoria in 2017.

ISFAP aims to increase student success, empowerment, employment security, and skills in occupations of high demand, which are critical to meaningful, sustainable growth and development of the economy. The funding model offers innovative wrap-around support that includes student payments such as university fees, accommodation, books, meals, and stipends together with other additional academic and social support such as mental health talks, mentoring and learning communities, life-skills training, career guidance, and work readiness, industry opportunities, access to project managers and an online student platform. The programme aims to increase the throughput rates of students in higher education institutes, improve the employability of funded graduates and ultimately change lives.  

ISFAP prides itself on its alumni community of graduates to build professional networks, share business contacts and find job opportunities and, in return, provide testimonials, motivation, and mentoring to undergraduates. Current students receiving the bursary give back to the economy by completing vacation work at companies and performing community service every year across South Africa. The purpose of this balanced programme is to enhance professional development in our youth, ensure students are relieved from financial and other burdens to cope at university, provide holistic need-based assistance for high performance, secure a platform for developing student agency, and add value to teaching and learning. Dedicated project managers at each faculty within the University are responsible to monitor and reflect on student progress, referring them to university and external support structures according to their individual needs, and implementing activities and initiatives that benefit and develop a well-rounded student in the workplace. Once onboarded, students become part of the ISFAP community on campus, which enables them to connect with other students and access the resources available as part of wrap-around support.

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ISFAP - the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme - was established to assist poor and 'missing' middle income university students in selected fields of study to afford the university fees by means of providing financial aid provided the candidate meets certain prescribed requirements.
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