The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government bursary that funds the studies of South African students who come from poor or working-class backgrounds and wish to study at public universities or TVET colleges.
NSFAS funding covers a variety of courses that are available at tertiary institutions but do they cover the online courses?
Yes, they do, bearing in mind that the course must be offered at a public university or public college and the applicant must be pursuing their first degree.
The NSFAS bursary will provide allowances to students which will cover the costs of tuition, registration, accommodation, transport, meals and other living costs
In order to qualify for NSFAS funding you must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a South African citizen.
- Can be a SASSA grant recipient.
- Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum.
- Persons with a disability whose combined household income is not more than R600 000 per annum.
- Applicants who first registered at university before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.
Students will be covered by NSFAS as long as they achieve academic success in their degree. However, NSFAS has the N+ rule which means that students have N+1 years to complete their degree.
"N” is the minimum number of years allocated to complete a qualification (i.e. record time). The “+1” refers to the extra year that a student may need to complete the qualification (making the maximum time).