Dear student

We would like to inform you about a potential support opportunity for first year and returning students currently enrolled at NMU.

REAP is a holistic Higher Education Support Programme. In an attempt to reduce poverty and empower young people to improve the quality of their lives, the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) provides a structured student support and development programme for students originating from rural areas. REAP offers a stipend of R600 per month as well as comprehensive mentoring, psychosocial support and life skills training. Each student is assigned a dedicated Student Development Advisor as well as a peer buddy, both of whom are there to support and guide you ever step of the way. All REAP students are also required to do at least three days’ community service each year, usually in your home town during their terms breaks.

REAP Criteria to be considered for support:

You must be a South African citizen

You must come from a rural area and have attended a rural school

You must have written your NSC examinations at a rural school within the previous two (2) years.

You must not be older than 24 years

Your family/household income (including all grants and contributions) should not exceed R122 000 per year before any deductions (e.g. less than R10 167 per month)

You must produce proof your family/household income and social grants if requested to do so.

You must have obtained more than 55% average for your NSC examinations (DO NOT use Life Orientation marks when calculating the average)

You must have applied for NSFAS and received confirmation of your funding.

You must be staying in either residence, in NSFAS approved private accommodation or with a relative/friend.

For more information and/or to apply online, please visit:

Applications will close on 22 February 2019. Please direct any queries to