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Application forms for Nsfas funding are available every year. These applications are completed and submitted online for applicants hoping to be funded by the bursary scheme.                         

Does NSFAS fund TVET students?

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 does fund students at TVET colleges. 

NSFAS only offers funding for certain courses. These are: 

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

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. Your marks are important for you to earn entrance into an institution but to be selected for funding, the qualifications relate to your SASSA status or to your household income. 

NSFAS funds 42% of the university population, and 70% of TVET college students. NSFAS does not fund private institutions. 


Here are the qualifications for NSAFS funding: 

When Will I Get My NSFAS Results?

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.

NSFAS has said that application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS received confirmation from the Institution that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to you before the start of the academic year via SMS, email and through your myNSFAS account.

How to claim a refund from NSFAS?

If you have a refund due, you are probably wondering how you can claim back your money. 


To do so, you will need to complete a refund form. You must have the form stamped at the bank and have a valid bank account which is registered under your ID number. Email the form to [email protected] The refund will be paid within 21 days of the verified refund form being received. 

You can also submit your queries through NSFAS Chat. 

How does NSFAS make sure that students pay back the loan?

When students are accepted for funding, students sign a legal contract that has a focus on the loan. NSFAS also works with organisations such as SARS to find out the NSFAS beneficiaries who are employed and earning more than R30 000 per year. 


When paying NSFAS, all deposits and transfers need to be into the NSFAS bank account using your ID number as your reference number. For more information about ways to make payments, you can email [email protected] 

FAQ: NSFAS Repayments

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. 


How much time do students have to pay back the NSFAS loan?

FAQ: NSFAS Applications and Appeals


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. 


I have applied for funding and I have an application number but I haven't received feedback.

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. 




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