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How Long will NSFAS fund me?

NSFAS, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, funds students for their studies from money they receieve from the government. If you are funded by NSFAS, not only will your studies but also further funding for other expenses. 

 

With regards to how long NSFAS funds their students, it depends on the duration of your course or degree. Most degrees take about 3 to 4 years, whereas medical degrees for example take up to 7 years. And if you fail one year, NSFAS has granted students an extra year of funding.

 

Can Foreign Students Apply for NSFAS?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government run bursary scheme for students, which receives its funding budget from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and also reports to the DHET. NSFAS provides bursaries to students who meet their requirements and are studying at public universities or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa.

Ways to Repay your NSFAS Loans

In December 2017, the President announced that NSFAS will offer bursaries as a form of free education rather than loans that need to be paid back. Students who received a NSFAS loan before the president's address need to repay the loaned amount as per the agreement form that was signed. If you only started being funded by NSFAS in 2018, there is no need to pay back any money as you received a bursary. 

 

How Will I Know if NSFAS Approved my Application?

If you've applied to NSFAS and are getting nervous about whether you have been approved, you might be wondering how you will know if you've been approved. 

NSFAS has said:

Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS received confirmation from the institution that an academic offer has been made to you.

 

When NSFAS has finished with the the decision process, they will let the successful applicants know their status through an SMS, an email and through your myNSFAS account. 

 

Does NSFAS fund Private Colleges and Institutions?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government funded bursary who receives money from the Department of Higher Education which provides funding for students for further education. The bursary covers tuition, registration fees and additional monthly allowances. 

 

However, NSFAS does not fund private college's and institutions. NSFAS only provides funding for South African students who will study at public universities or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions. 

 

Does NSFAS pay for Student Accommodation?

If you are hoping to be funded by NSFAS as well as wanting to move out possibly into residence, you may be wondering is NSFAS will cover accommodation? Look no further, the answer is yes!

 

NSFAS not only covers tuiton fees, they student accommodation, registration fees, transport costs, books and other learning materials, and living and personal care allowances.

 

However regarding residence, there are certain things that NSFAS doesn't cover. NSFAS does not pay for the deposit of private residence. 

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