The NSFAS bursary disbursed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is a government bursary which aims to provide access to education to students from poor and working class backgrounds.
Not only do they provide bursaries to University students, but TVET College students as well.
The NSFAS criteria for TVET students is as follows:
- Must be a South African citizen
- Must be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at any public TVET College in South Africa
- Must be admitted/received a firm offer for enrolment in a College
- Must be in need of financial assistance
- Applicants will qualify if they fall within the maximum threshold of up to R350 000 of combined gross family income per annum
- Returning students must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance (academically deserving) 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
NSFAS students who attend TVET Colleges will have their fees and registration covered as well as receive allowances for accommodation and transport. These NSFAS allowances are disbursed through the NSFAS wallet.
NSFAS provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans. This is a government student bursary scheme which receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.