Will NSFAS Cover Students From Rhodes University?

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The NSFAS bursary is a government subsidised form of funding for higher education studies. Does the bursary cover Rhodes University courses?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides funding to students from poor and working class backgrounds to ensure that they can further their education.

Do they fund students from Rhodes University though?

NSFAS only funds students who attend one of the 26 public Universities or 50 TVET Colleges. Seeing as Rhodes University is a public University, NSFAS therefore does fund students who attend the University.

Rhodes University student that are funded by NSFAS receive the following allowances:

  • Once off book allowance for textbooks and other learning materials (usually up to R5200 per year)
  • Meal allowance (usually R15 000 paid over 10 months)
  • Travel allowance for students staying at home (usually R7500 paid over 10 months)
  • Accommodation allowance, for students staying at Rhodes Privately Owned Student Accommodation. (usually up to R40 000 paid over 10 months)

Students will also have their tuition and registration paid for.

The requirements to qualify for NSFAS are:

  • You are a South African citizen
  • Financial constraints which doesn't allow you to fund your own studies such as: 
    • Having a combined household income that's under R350 000 per year
    • You have a disability and your combines annual household income is less than R600 000
    • You are a SASSA grant recipient
  • You are applying to get a formal qualification from a public university or TVET College
  • You passed grade 12 
  • You do not already have a degree.

NSFAS does not have an age limit for applicants. However they do not fund second degrees, short courses, part-time courses and postgraduate courses.

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