It is an assistance the Department of Military Veterans provides to eligible military veterans and their dependants, in pursuance of education studies in public institutions within the Republic of South Africa.
This support is an annual non-repayable grant towards school and tuition fees at basic education (Grade R- 12) and at institutions of higher learning in South Africa.
Military Veterans and their dependants may access the support via an application which are available on the DMV website annually during the period of new and continuing applications.
Both military veterans and dependent should be on the database (with an unabridged birth certificate for children) or proof of relations with the military veteran i.e marriage certificate if it’s a spouse.
Eligible applicants may access the DMV Education Support if they are:
The Department does not support grandchildren unless they are legally adopted by the military veteran.
The support is available to DMV approved learners and students studying a full-time and part time courses.
The education support is only payable during the academic year that is approved/ the learner and student met the criteria; so the amount may vary depending on the length of the undertaken course/ studies.
The priority of the support is school and tuition fees subject to the set threshold. The support also covers the following:
It should be noted that as per Education Support Agreement, the student is given only one chance to repeat if the learner failed, failing which the Education support will be terminated.
As such, the education support award is not intended to enhance any existing financial support provided by other organisations. Should that be known the support will be terminated immediately.
The DMV does support learners in special needs school who meet the criteria of that support. The MV or guardian need to support the application with a medical report. The DMV will do its own due diligence and reserves the right to decline the full support where the proof of the learner’s needs have been misrepresented.
Tuition fees of students studying in private institutions are paid directly by the DMV subject to the maximum threshold.
Students have a responsibility to make sure that the institutions are legitimate and registered with the government’s central supplier database and are tax compliant.
This depends on the duration of a chosen course. An average diploma/degree is 3-4 years. The DMV will support a 1 year pre degree certificate (Extended programme) if it leads to a degree acceptance. It will not support a 2nd year extended programme. Applicants are encouraged to attach a confirmation letter from the institution which states the entire duration of the course.
The Department will only support one failed year.
The DMV may allow you to change a course as long as you will meet your stipulated study term (3/4 years) as per your initial application. Request to change course or institution must be submitted to DMV for approval prior to changes being made. Changes made without prior approval by DMV will not be funded for the relevant academic year.
The Department will neither consider nor fund late applications.
The DMV will accept the application with the proof of application at an institution of higher learning, but will not commit funding until all the documents are received.
Yes students are allowed to take a gap year, but they are obligated to notify the DMV in writing of their decision prior to the gap year is taken.
No, you do not have to pay the support back.
The DMV may offer support, but please note this is not a guarantee and depends on the DMV’s HR policies, individual circumstances, and funds availability.
The Department focuses on the first qualification and does not support post graduate studies. Students who were previously supported by the DMV may not apply as the Department can only support an individual for only one qualification.
A course of 12 months or less is covered via the Department’s Training and Skills Development section and not within Education Support.
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