Your financial support base would obviously also determine what direction you take (studying through the SAAF or not). Also your ability to get into university applying yourself or through the SAAF. Also keep in mind if you do get into the SAAF to study a degree they would accept you based on being officer material. Which is something they look for when becoming a pilot or a Nav.
As they would say in market research don't work on a sample size of one.
I had an Engineer Bursary thru the SAAF, and basically you sign a contract that you will work 10 years back as an Engineer. If you do not work your 10 years back, you payback every sent of the bursary, with prime + 1 interest. The same applies if you fail at university.
The Bursary is one of the best (Not sure if it is the same still).
Hostels’ or private accommodation,
You have to keep a certain average in your exams,
Basically they give you a cheque in January, and if you pass a year, the next year you get the next one. You can even chose where you want to study the four years.
And after your four years of University you do a practical year with a market related salary, so not that bad. Then you have to work back your 10 years……