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What is the NSFAS N+2 Rule?


NSFAS N+2 Rule

The rule that NSFAS applies for the length that they fund students is called the N+2 rule. Keep reading to find out what the rule is! 


The rule means that students have N+2 years to finish the degree they have applied for. N refers to the minimum number of years allocated by the institution to complete the qualification a student is registered for. The +2 refers to an additional 2 years that NSFAS includes for the number of years they will fund a student. 


Important note: the N+2 rule is based on the number of years that a student has been registered at a public university in South Africa. This is regardless of institution change such as a transfer from one university to another. The years before the transfer count towards the N of years. 


To find out more about NSFAS, you can visit the NSFAS website


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