Will NSFAS Cover University of Cape Town Courses?

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Looking for funding for University? Perhaps the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, which we all know as NSFAS, can help. Here's whether they'll fund UCT courses.

NSFAS refers to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme who is in charge of providing NSFAS bursaries. These bursaries are disbursed to students who come from poor and working class backgrounds.

With that being the main feature and NSFAS requirements, able-bodied students are required to have a household income which comes to R350 000 or less and students living with disabilities should have a household income coming to R600 000 or less per year.

So would students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) be funded? Let's see.

NSFAS funds students who attend one of the 50 Public TVET Colleges or 26 Public Universities and seeing that UCT is a public University, their students would be funded. These students will need to match this criteria:

  • Meet the household income threshold
  • Be a South African citizen or permanent resident 
  • Must be applying to UCT or attending already
  • Have no other bursary
  • Passed Matric

Should you be a Sassa grant beneficiary, excluding the R350 grant, you will then immediately qualify to receive a NSFAS bursary.

The NSFAS bursary will cover the student's tuition fees, registration fees, books, laptop, accommodation, transport as well as other living costs.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, what we all know as NSFAS, is a government bursary that is available to underprivileged South African students who are looking to study at a public university or TVET College.

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