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Why are bursaries awarded?

Every year bursaries are granted for a variety of reasons. Whether students are funded by government, business or private sponsors they will need to meet the criteria set out by each benefactor.

This criteria is based on the motivation for funding and will affect which students are selected and which are excluded.

Here are the top four reasons students might be considered eligible to receive financial assistance.

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Bursaries can lift financial burden

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the biggest government-funded entity used to administer financial aid to struggling students.

In an effort to establish equality in the education sector government has pledged to support underprivileged or disadvantaged students through various financial aid schemes. Government also offers sector specific bursaries directly through its Departments.

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NSFAS: What is NSFAS?

If you’ve been looking for funding for your studies, you may have come across the the term NSFAS. You may be wondering: what is NSFAS? Let’s take a look at what NSFAS is and what it can do for you.

NSFAS: What is NSFAS?

NSFAS, or National Student Financial Aid Scheme, was established according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act of 1999 and incorporated Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa (TEFSA), which stopped operating in 2000.

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What is the 'missing middle'?

In all the news surrounding tertiary education and university fees, a term that comes up often is the 'missing middle'. But what is the missing middle? Who are these people and what does it mean to be part of the missing middle?

Simply put, the missing middle are those too poor to avoid university themselves but also not poor enough to qualify for government funding. In order to qualify for NSFAS, your household income needs to be below R120 000 per year and, while this is great for the disadvantaged, the middle class is underserved by this system.

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NSFAS: How to Apply Online

If you’re looking for funding for your studies, you probably know you need to go through NSFAS.

Applications for funding in 2019 are closed.  The date for applying for 2020 studies has not been released. We will publicise it as soon as the date is announced.

You may be a little confused as to how to apply though, so here’s a quick guide on how to apply for NSFAS online.

Get your certified supporting documents ready.

You will need:

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NSFAS: Student Centered Model

You may have read recently that NSFAS would be changing the way applications worked. The organisation has adopted what they call a Student Centered Model, completely overhauling the applications system. So what does this mean for you?

NSFAS: What is the Student Centered Model?

The idea behind the Student Centered Model is that students will no longer apply for financial aid through their colleges or universities. Instead, students apply directly to NSFAS and bursaries are awarded after an evaluation of the application.

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