List of Colleges in South Africa

You can study at a public or private college in South Africa to gain a set of practical skills. These will help you open a business or find employment.

Here is a list of colleges in South Africa in each province:


Western Cape 

Eastern Cape


KwaZulu Natal 


Free State 

Northern Cape 

North West

As you can see, there are different colleges in South Africa where you can study. Most of these colleges include Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. These are public colleges that focus on providing students with practical skills.

When you are studying through a public college, you can apply for a bursary. This bursary will help you pay for your tuition fees. One of the funding schemes you can apply for is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

NSFAS is a bursary (financial aid) owned by the South African government. It funds about 753 521 students every year. It assists students both in university and public colleges. If you have a bursary, you will study better with no financial stress.  

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How Many Colleges Are In SA?

There are about fifty (50) registered public colleges in South Africa and 300 registered private colleges in South Africa. These colleges offer training to students that prepare them for employment. They focus on equipping students with practical skills that can help them find work or open businesses.

What Are Colleges In South Africa?

A college in South Africa refers to an institution of higher training or education. The type of education offered at colleges is based on skills for vocational (employment) purposes. Students are provided with skills that get them work-ready.

When Should I Apply For College In 2022?

You should apply for college at the beginning of the year. Some colleges are usually open from December to January if you want to study for that particular year. If you want to apply for the coming year, you can. Most colleges are open from May to September. 

Research the colleges where you would like to study to get accurate application dates and start applying. You can also apply to Matric College. We are a private college. This means that our institution is not owned by the government. 

Matric College is also a distance learning institution. This means that we use the distance learning teaching method to offer our education to students. When you study through us, you do it from any location. This includes at home, work and whether you are in South Africa or abroad. 

Distance learning allows you to learn at your own time and pace. This is why you can also apply to study through us at any time of the year. You start studying when you have the time. We have friendly Course Experts who can help you apply.

How Do I Start Applying For Colleges?

You can start applying for colleges by doing the following: 

  • Research the name of the college you are interested in 
  • Open their website 
  • Look for their contact details or the application button 
  • Contact the college or apply online 
  • They will get back to you and help you apply 
  • If the application dates are closed, they will tell you that they are closed 
  • If the application dates are not yet open, they will contact you when they are

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

You should apply to as many colleges as you can. A number of five colleges or more would be recommended. You can research the application dates online so that you apply in time. If you would like to apply now, you can do so at Matric College. 

Our applications are always open. When you apply through us, you study at the speed you prefer. You will do this from home, where you have enough time to study. We are a distance learning college and this means you can study from home. This is how you can apply to Matric College: 

Step 1: Contact Matric College 

Step 2: Speak to one of our friendly Course Experts, and register for the course you want. 

Step 3: We will courier the learning material to your doorstep. This may take five to seven days to arrive. 

Step 4: Start studying as our student.

What Age Do You Go To College?

You should at least be sixteen (16) years or older to study at most colleges in South Africa. The minimum age required is sixteen (16). This is also the minimum age required for you to study at Matric College

The only exception is if you want to study our Adult Matric Course. You must be 21 years or older to qualify for our Adult Matric Course.

Is It Too Late To Apply For College?

No, it is not too late to apply for college. This is why our motto at Matric College is ‘’it is not too late’’. Apply at Matric College today. You can apply through us at any time of the year. You can do this whether you have Matric or not. We offer both Matric and Post Matric Courses.

What Are The Fees That Are Associated With Applying For College?

If you want to find out the fees associated with college, you can contact the college where you would like to study. Before or after the application process, most colleges provide you with a brochure for the fees of the course you want to study. This is how you can find out the fees for the course you are interested in. 

To find out the fees for the course you want to study at Matric College, you can communicate with one of our friendly Course Experts. They will give you details on the course fees and payment methods you can use.

Can I Go To College With A Grade 9 Qualification?

Yes, you can go to college with a Grade 9 Qualification or Grade 9 Equivalent Qualification. This can be used to study for the Adult Matric Course. You can apply for this course at Matric College. You will learn Matric subjects that will provide you with knowledge. 

You will have to write a Matric final examination. This will determine whether you pass the course or not. To ensure that you gain the best marks, we provide you with learning resources. These are: 

When you pass the Adult Matric Course, you are awarded a Matric Qualification that you can use to study further at college, university or find work.

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Sive Ncanywa
Date: August 02 , 2022