Do You Need Matric For NSFAS?

The NSFAS bursary is offered to students who are in need of financial assistance to attend a public university or TVET college. In order to qualify for funding, students need to meet the bursary requirements.



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) strives to provide bursaries to students who hope to further their tertiary studies. NSFAS provides two types of funding, TVET College and public university funding.

Students who qualify for NSFAS university funding will receive registration fees, tuition and a variety of allowances. These allowances cover the cost of transport, living expenses, accommodation, and learning materials.

NSFAS university funding requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Academically deserving and can demonstrate the ability to succeed in their studies.
  • Applied or are applying to study at a public university for a qualification.
  • They need to have passed Grade 12 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a university.
  • Applicants whose combined household income is no more than R350 000 per year.
  • A person with a disability with a combined household income of R600 000 or less per annum.
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose combined household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

Therefore, students who have not passed Grade 12 do not qualify for NSFAS university funding.

NSFAS TVET College funding criteria is as follows:

  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at any of the fifty (50) public TVET Colleges in South Africa.
  • Must require financial assistance.
  • You need to pass Grade 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  • Should you be a returning student, you must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance in line with the College’s progression policy or the progression prescriptions of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines (whichever is higher).
  • Must not be enrolling for a qualification that duplicates previous learning that was state-funded.
  • Household income is less than R350,000 per year.

NSFAS TVET College funding covers tuition fees, registration costs, transport allowance and accommodation fees.

Click here to find out how to apply for NSFAS.

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