Will NSFAS Cover Nelson Mandela University Courses?



Are you hoping to attend or currently attend Nelson Mandela University and trying to figure out how you will pay your tuition? Well, if NSFAS funds their courses then you will be sorted.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) administers funding to those studying or wanting to study who come from underprivileged households.

Since NSFAS funds students from all 26 public universities in South Africa, they also cover Nelson Mandela University students. These students however do need to meet a set of requirements to qualify for funding.

These requirements include the following:

  • Should have a combined household income which comes to R350 000 a year or less.
  • Persons living with a disability should have a combined household income of R600 000 or less per year.
  • All Sassa recipients immediately qualify.
  • Must be applying to or studying at one of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET colleges in the country.
  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.

NSFAS does not have an age limit and will still be eligible if they took a gap year or are transferring.

The bursary covers registration fees, tuition, accommodation, travelling allowance, meals and other living expenses. Gym, interests, societies, re-exams and library books are not covered by NSFAS. 

Students funded by NSFAS who have a disability are provided with additional support, which includes:

  • Medical Assessment: Limited to one assessment for the duration of the qualification and on request by the Disability Unit/ Student Support.
  • Assistive Devices: Limited to one Assistive Device for the duration of their studies. 
  • Human Support: To cover for the cost of a caregiver, guide dog, scribe, tutor or sign language interpreter.

It is important to note that the Financial Aid office at Nelson Mandela University does not receive and process NSFAS applications and works with confirmed funding statuses as received from NSFAS. 

With that said, Financial Aid remains committed to helping students to access the funding assistance for which they qualify.

Click here to visit the NSFAS website.