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The recent introduction of free higher education for the poor and working class in South Africa has given us reason to celebrate...
... because REAP’s core mission since our inception in 2001 has always been to assist rural students make it into Higher Education – and then to succeed...   READ MORE
The recent introduction of free higher education for the poor and working class in South Africa has given us reason to celebrate because REAP’s core mission since our inception in 2001 has always been to assist rural students make it into Higher Education – and then to succeed.

However, whilst the financial barriers to access have now been substantially removed, retention and throughput rates of NSFAS students remain unacceptably low. REAP’s core focus now therefore is to ensure that there is a far greater return on the dramatically increased public investment in higher education, in terms of graduations and employment rates for rural students. We also strive to inculcate values consistent with our Catholic ethos such as integrity, community service and active responsible citizenship.

REAP no longer recruits new students from rural schools but rather online or directly from university, though still retaining our previous selection criteria, namely that the student matriculates from a rural school and comes from a household with an income less than R122,000 per annum. This is in keeping with our shift in emphasis whereby our core business is no longer getting rural students into university but rather getting those who make it there through to graduation.

We only recruit new students from six Higher Education Institutions, namely UJ, UWC, NMU, UKZN, UFS & CUT – and Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein. We will however continue to support all current students until completion of their studies.
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Due to a programmatic shift, REAP will NOT be accepting unsolicited online applications for 2022. Our focus areas for 2022 are very targeted, based on funder guidelines and therefore limited to a small selection of institutions, courses and new students, all of whom will be recruited from very specific geographic areas.


Growth of work in schools article

REAP has learned from experience that some of the key barriers to academically capable and eligible learners in rural schools progressing into post school education & training (PSET) opportunities are... READ MORE

Future Directions


The Rural Education Access Programme was formed in 2001 as an associate body of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference with a desire to reduce rural poverty by facilitating access into higher education for learners from financially disadvantaged households. REAP has always supplemented state funding (NSFAS/NSF loans and bursaries) with top up grants and holistic... READ MORE

The Impact of Covid-19

Almost two years on from the initial out break of Covid 19 in South Africa, the impact on REAP continues to be felt in a number of ways....READ MORE