Will NSFAS Fund Law Students?

Do you need funding for your law studies? NSFAS might be able to help. Here's all the information you need to know about NSFAS and whether or not they will fund your law degree. 



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, more commonly known as NSFAS, is a government bursary scheme which provides funding to disadvantaged students who want to pursue a tertiary education. 

NSFAS funds students who attend public universities and TVET colleges in South Africa. They cover a wide variety of degrees and courses. 

So do they fund students who are pursuing a degree in law? 

The answer is yes they do. NSFAS funds law courses at all the public universities that have law faculties. 

NSFAS, however, does not fund postgraduate law degrees so if you plan on continuing your studies after obtaining your undergraduate law degree then it is recommended that you look for another form of funding for your postgraduate studies. 

The following requirements must be met in order for you to be funded by NSFAS: 

  • Only South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualifies for funding
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

If you are currently a law student pursuing your undergraduate degree then you will be able to receive funding for your degree or diploma. 

NSFAS will cover your tuition, registration and provide various allowances for expenses such as, accommodation, learning materials and transport. 

For more information on the NSFAS bursary, click here. 


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