Will NSFAS Pay For Social Work Courses?

The NSFAS bursary is one the most well-known bursaries in South Africa, and this is why they receive thousands of applications every year. But do they fund social work courses?



The National Financial Student Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides funding to students who are interested in attending university or TVET colleges but come from poor or working-class backgrounds.

Students will be funded by NSFAS as long as they are studying towards an undergraduate course and it's their first qualification as NSFAS covers undergraduate qualifications which are done at any of the 26 public Universities or 50 TVET Colleges in South Africa.

So do they fund students who want to enrol in a Social Work course? Well, yes they do.

Should you want to study social work, the NSFAS requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Household income must come to R350 000 or less per year
  • If you're a person living with a disability, the household income threshold is then R600 000 or less per year
  • Must be applying to or be registered at a public higher education institution

NSFAS provides funding that will cover student expenses which include tuition, registration and provides students with NSFAS allowances for their transport, living expenses and learning materials.

Applicants can submit their NSFAS applications online through myNSFAS, at National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) centres and Thusong Centres.

Applications for NSFAS funding usually open around September every year. 

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