University tuition fees are expensive and something many of us can't afford to pay out of our pockets. This is where the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) comes in handy.
NSFAS is responsible for providing NSFAS bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds. Will the NSFAS bursary cover University of Pretoria (UP) students though?
Seeing as NSFAS funds students who attend any of South Africa's 50 TVET Colleges and 26 public Universities, University of Pretoria students should qualify for funding seeing that they attend a public University.
Here are the other NSFAS requirements:
- Must be a South African citizen
- Financial constraints which doesn't allow you to fund your own studies such as:
- Having a combined household income that's under R350 000 per year
- You have a disability and your combines annual household income is less than R600 000
- You are a SASSA grant recipient
- Must be applying to get a formal qualification from a public university or TVET College
- You passed grade 12
UP students whose NSFAS application is successful will then have their tuition and registration covered as well as receive NSFAS allowances to pay for their accommodation, transport, books, laptop and other living costs.
NSFAS does not have an age limit for applicants. However, they won't fund short courses, part-time courses, second degrees and postgraduate courses.