Will NSFAS Cover Second Qualifications?

Studying a second qualification can be quite challenging on its own and then still having to worry about how to pay for those courses can be very stressful. The NSFAS bursary covers the cost of tertiary education, but do they also fund second qualifications?



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) does fund postgraduate students, however, only certain courses are covered. Second qualifications are usually funded if it is a professional requirement for employment.

Students who have completed their undergraduate degree and hope to further their studies by pursuing a postgraduate qualification are left with a limited number of funding opportunities.

Those who received funding from NSFAS for their first degree, are not guaranteed funding for their second qualification.

Regarding postgraduate degrees, only students in the following fields are eligible for NSFAS:

  • B Tech – Architecture/Architectural Technology
  • B Tech – Biokinetics/Biomedical Technology/Biotechnology
  • B Tech: Chiropractic
  • B Tech: Clinical Technology/Dental Technology
  • B Tech: Emergency Medical Care
  • B Tech: Engineering (Chemical/Civil/Electrical/Industrial/Mechanical/Mechatronics/Metallurgy/Refractories)
  • B Tech: Forestry
  • B Tech: Homeopathy
  • B Tech: Nursing/Nursing Science/Community Nursing/Primary Healthcare/Occupational Nursing)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Laws/LLB

These students may receive tuition fees, registration costs and a few allowances to help them cover the costs accrued while studying.

Postgraduate diplomas, Honours degrees, Masters degrees and PhD degrees are generally not funded by the NSFAS bursary.

Students who hope to pursue postgraduate qualifications which are not mentioned above may apply to the National Research Foundation.

Click here to visit the National Research Foundation website.

For more postgraduate funding options, click here.

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