Who Should Not Apply For NSFAS Funding?

There are a set list of requirements that applicants have to meet before applying for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). If applicants don't meet these requirements, their applications will not be considered. 

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NSFAS funding is aimed at undergraduate students who have a combined household income of R350 000 and less. 

If an applicant does not meet the standard requirements, NSFAS recommends for them to not submit applications.

Below is a list of factors that NSFAS uses to determine which applicants don't qualify for funding:

  • Students that have completed a previous qualification.
  • Students with a combined household income of more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.
  • Foreign students (any student who is not a South African citizen).

 

These are the following factors that NSFAS takes into consideration in order to determine which students do qualify for funding: 

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualifies for funding
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

NSFAS is a government bursary that funds students attending public universities and Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) Colleges. Applications open annually for new applicants to apply for funding. 

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