Can I Get A Bursary If I Get SASSA Money?

If you're a SASSA recipient wanting to pursue your higher education studies but can't afford it, you might ask yourself: Can I get a bursary?

Well, the answer to this is YES OF COURSE!

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If you're a SASSA recipient wanting to pursue your higher education studies but can't afford it, you might ask yourself: Can I get a bursary?

Well, the answer to this is YES OF COURSE!

Receiving a grant from SASSA indicates to companies and organisation that the prospective bursary recipient is coming from a disadvantaged background. This is because the means test used by SASSA to determine whether a person’s income is low enough to qualify for grants corresponds to the income requirements of bursaries.

Therefore those who receive money from SASSA would be able to apply for and receive bursaries. Some bursaries do require SASSA grant recipients to provide proof such as a grant letter and other SASSA details. 

You will be eligible to apply for bursaries both from external companies and organisations and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).  

NSFAS offers financial support to students who do not have the means to pay for their studies at tertiary institutions (public universities or TVET colleges).

With NSFAS, the requirements state that those who experience financial constraints which does not allow them to fund their own studies, such as those people who are SASSA recipients qualify for funding from NSFAS.

If you are a SASSA recipient then no proof of income is required when applying for NSFAS.

Not all educational institutions offer students financial relief funding. One way to find out is to directly contact the institution admissions office or visit their website for more information. If you are planning to solely rely on the bursary to pay for your studies, it would be ideal to research and apply to multiple institutions to increase your chances of being approved.

As for NSFAS, their applications open around August or September every year and closes in November. 

NSFAS Articles

The wait is almost over, as applications for NSFAS funding will be opening soon. Minister Blade Nzimande held a media briefing on Thursday morning to reveal when students can start applying. 

Students who are funded by NSFAS qualify to receive allowances directly from the financial aid scheme. These allowances are kept in their NSFAS wallets. Here's how you can check your NSFAS wallet balance.

Boland College has opened applications for NSFAS appeals and applications. The TVET College has announced the period for application submissions. 

After closing due to the lockdown in 2020, NSFAS has officially reopened its walk-in centre. This means hopeful applicants, as well as current NSFAS bursary holders, can visit the centre for assistance.

If you are currently receiving funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), you might be wondering if you can apply for the R350 grant. 

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