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NSFAS

 

NSFAS is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which is a government loan and bursary fund for students through the NSFAS fundingNSFAS application and registration opens in the later part of the year for students with the NSFAS closing date usually being in the next calendar year.

NSFAS gives bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds which goes beyond just paying for your fees. They’ll also pay for your registration, accommodation, transport, books through NSFAS allowances.

So what are the NSFAS requirements?

The most important requirement is that your household income should come to R350 000 or less per year. This means that if you add up everyone’s salaries in your house for the year and it comes to over R350 000, you won’t qualify.

Usually, students and future students will submit their NSFAS online application for a NSFAS bursary using myNSFAS

Bursaries Portal has everything you need to know about NSFAS, NSFAS applications and NSFAS allowances.

Once you’ve finished your NSFAS application, you’ll probably want to know if things are going right or wrong. We’re here to help you figure out how to track your application.

NSFAS, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, funds South African students with bursaries for public universities or TVET colleges. You must be wondering, does NSFAS fund online studies? 
 

Do you want to know what costs are covered and included in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)? This is what you can expect your NSFAS allowances to cover. 

 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funds students who are enrolled at Unisa which is a distance e-learning university. Find out more about the funding these students receive. 

We are here to answer all your NSFAS questions. If you find yourself wondering whether NSFAS will still fund you even if you took a year or two off and they funded you before, we have an answer for you. Don't forget that NSFAS applications are now open.

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges are post high school education and training institutions. TVET Colleges offer vocational training programmes and education and training for students to become skilled workers in the workforce.

NSFAS offers funding to students who cannot afford to pay their fees. What many students misunderstand is that your marks are not a qualification for a NSFAS bursary.

So, you've completed your application to have your higher education studies funded by NSFAS. Now, you're waiting to hear whether it has been successful or not. Here's what will happen and what you can do if your application was unsuccessful.

The government has not said anything to NSFAS about writing off any outstanding loans that need a repayment. When NSFAS changed the funding from loans to bursaries, the understanding was that the change was effective from the academic year of 2018.

These questions and answers mostly apply to students who applied for NSFAS funding before December of 2017. This means a student applied for funding when NSFAS offered loans before the move to free education, after which NSFAS offered bursaries which don't need to be paid back. 

Applications

When will I know if I've been accepted? 

Application results will be released after the institutions confirm with NSFAS that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to students before the start of the year. 

If you want to know whether you've been funded by Nsfas, we’re here to help you figure out how to check and track your application status online.

How to check NSFAS status online

Creating an email address and your NSFAS account are very important steps in starting the registration and application process. To learn how to do both of these, keep reading! 

 

How to create an email address

There are many frequently asked questions about funding and how your funding will be affected in different situations and scenarios. Here are a few of the common questions. 

 

There are many documents that you need to submit when applying for funding and it is sometimes confusing. Here is a breakdown of what documents you need to submit given based on what situation you are in. 

What if I don't have a cellphone?

As a returnin student, you may be wondering if you will need to pay the registration fee for your university. An arrangement has been made with universities to allow students to register. The registration/upfront fee will be covered by your NSFAS package. 

 

These are the steps you need to follow in order to obtain an NSFAS bursary, which includes how to sign your agreement. Any student who has been approved for funding will not receive any money until they sign the agreement. 

 

1. Apply for Funding 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges were established by the government to respond the skills shortage in the country. TVET colleges qualify students with vocational and occupational skills in order to find employment in South Africa. 

It is very important to upload all the supporting documents needed before NSFAS can approve your application for funding. Below are some details on how you can upload these documents. 

 

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