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NSFAS Funding

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme

Do you come from a poor or working-class family with a combined household income of not more than R350 000 per annum?

The Department of Higher Education and Training has a bursary designed to assist you with funding towards a tertiary qualification of your choice. The bursary is administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and is available for persons who wish to or are studying at a public institution of higher education and training (university or TVET college).

Who qualifies for NSFAS

Funding will be available to:

  • Students from families with a combined household income of not more than R350 000 (three hundred and fifty thousand Rand) per annum, registering at TVET colleges and universities for the first time,
  • Students returning to TVET colleges and universities to complete or continue their first undergraduate qualification. Only select post-graduate qualifications are funded, please refer to the website for the full list.
  • Students from families with a combined household income of up to R122 000 (one hundred and twenty-two thousand Rand) returning to TVET colleges and universities after a gap year or two to complete their first undergraduate qualification.
  • Students from families who are recipients of child support grants or disability grants administered through South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will automatically qualify for NSFAS funding.
  • Orphans will automatically qualify for NSFAS funding, provided there is confirmation of their status.

What the bursary covers

NSFAS funding covers the actual cost of tuition plus prescribed learning materials -this means the tuition fee for the specific programme that the student it registered for; these fees differ depending on the field of study (e.g. engineering; medicine; art; history etc.) and the institution that the student is admitted to. AND dependent on eligibility a subsidised accommodation and living costs including meals. The bursary funding is for the duration of study and does not require any repayment.

Upon qualifying for the NSFAS bursary, a beneficiary is required to sign a NSFAS Bursary Agreement with terms and conditions. Beneficiaries will then be expected to

  • Comply with all academic requirements as set by institutions.
  • Attend and participate in lectures, tutorials and academic support programmes as required by the institution;
  • Complete all set assignments and/or tasks as required in terms of the due performance requirements of the Institution;
  • Undergo all tests and examinations (written and oral) as required in terms of the due performance requirements of the institution;

NSFAS funding for postgraduate qualifications

NSFAS only accepts funding applications for the following postgraduate qualifications:

  • B TECH: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
  • B TECH: ARCHITECTURE (PROFESSIONAL)
  • B TECH: BIOKINETICS
  • B TECH: BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
  • B TECH: BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • B TECH: CARTOGRAPHY
  • B TECH: CHIROPRACTIC
  • B TECH: CLINICAL TECHNOLOGY
  • B TECH: DENTAL TECHNOLOGY
  • B TECH: EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: CHEMICAL
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: CIVIL
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: ELECTRICAL
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: INDUSTRIAL
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL: MECHATRONICS
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: METALLURGY
  • B TECH: ENGINEERING: REFRACTORIES
  • B TECH: FORESTRY
  • B TECH: HOMOEOPATHY
  • B TECH: NURSING
  • B TECH: NURSING SCIENCE
  • B TECH: NURSING: COMMUNITY NURSING
  • B TECH: NURSING: PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
  • B TECH: NURSING: OCCUPATIONAL NURSING
  • PGCE
  • LLB
  • MbCHB
  • PGDA

For more information on how to access this funding, click here