Will NSFAS Cover Failed Modules?

Are you currently funded by NSFAS and wondering if NSFAS will fund modules if you have failed them? Here is what NSFAS has to say about it.



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a bursary provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training that funds students who wish to further their studies at a public university or TVET College.

NSFAS provides funding to South African students or permanent residents who are in need of financial aid to study a tertiary education course or degree. The funding covers registration fees, tuition, and a variety of allowances.

Students are funded for the entire duration of their studies provided that they meet the academic requirements.

The bursary does cover students if they have failed one year. 

According to the NSFAS policy agreement, students need to pass at least 50% of their modules as well as meet the academic criteria of their tertiary institution in order to continue receiving funding from NSFAS.

This means students will be granted another opportunity to do those failed modules if they passed 50% of the total modules they registered for.

Students are granted an extra year of funding should they fail a year in their course. This is according to the N+ rule which the bursary currently has in place. 

The N+ rule is not based on the number of years NSFAS has funded the student, but on the number of years the student has been registered for tertiary study at any public university in the country.

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