About Us


The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) was established in 2016 to develop a sustainable funding model for the higher education costs of South Africa’s missing middle students.

The programme aims to fast track South Africa’s skills production for the 21st century by funding the higher education costs of students studying towards a career in scarce skills that have been identified as critical to South Africa’s economic development.

ISFAP aims to address the following challenges that face South African students:

  1. Reducing the high dropout rate of poor and working class students in the higher education and training sector
  2. Improving the employability of funded graduates
  3. Improving the country’s skills profile, especially in occupations of high demand
  4. Improving the partnership between government, the private sector/business and higher education institutions in supporting poor and “missing middle” students.

Student support that ISFAP offers:

  • Full university Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Books
  • Meals Stipend
  • Academic (tutorials; academic development & extended programmes
  • Social support
  • Life skills training
  • Mentoring (first year experience)
  • Medical support (psycho-social support)
In addition to the above support:
  • Students will have access to dedicated programme managers
  • Use of an online student platform (ISFAP Connect) to track individual academic progress