Will NSFAS Pay For Unisa Higher Certificate Courses?

NSFAS funds students who are in need of financial assistance and hope to further their education by studying a tertiary qualification, but does their funding include Unisa Higher Certificate courses?

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government-funded bursary that receives its funding from and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Eligible students are given the opportunity to study at a public university or TVET College without having to worry about the financial burden.

Students who are studying whole qualifications, such as higher certificate programmes, degrees, or diplomas, available at public universities such as Unisa qualify for NSFAS.

Those at Unisa will not be considered for the NSFAS bursary if they:

  • have already completed an undergraduate degree/diploma.
  • are not a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • need funding for a short learning certificate or programme.
  • need funding for a postgraduate qualification, with an exception of the following qualifications:
    • BTech - Architecture / Architectural Technology
    • BTech - Engineering (all disciplines), Cartography, Forestry
    • BTech - Biokinetics, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology
    • BTech - Chiropractic, Homoeopathy, all Nursing
    • BTech - Clinical or Dental Technology, Emergency Medical Care
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
    • LLB

NSFAS provides students at Unisa with living and learning material allowances. Those who are registered for ten modules are eligible for the living allowance.

With regards to the learning materials allowance, students will receive R600 per module for the first four modules and a once-off amount of R5 200 for five to ten modules.

Unisa students’ registration fees are also included in the bursary.

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