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1. WHAT IS AN NSFAS BURSARY?

The “National Student Financial Aid Scheme” (NSFAS) is a government bursary awarded to South African students from families who earn less than R 350 000 per year (total household income) to study at Universities and TVET colleges.

2. WHAT DOES THE BURSARY COVER?

 

  • Registration and tuition fees

  • Books (R 5200/year in 2020)

  • Accommodation on and off campus (see page: accommodation) - max of R 4018/month inn 2020.

  • Living allowance (about R 14 400/year in 2020 if you stay in a student room and R 2750 if you live at home.

  • Transport (R 10 000 year) for students living at home

 

3. HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN NSFAS BURSARY?

  • Apply online before November 30 of the previous year of studies.

  • Click here : my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html

  • You must also send a consent form "signed by ALL the people whose incomes have been declared in the application" (www.nsfas.org.za/content/how-to-apply.html). Your application will not be accepted if the consent form has not been sent.

  • Apply only once for all Universities or TVET colleges.

  • Don’t wait for the result of your University application. Even if you have not been admitted with your Grade 11 results, you MUST apply for NSFAS, in case you are admitted in January, with your Grade 12 results.

4. DOCUMENTS NEEDED

Check on www.nsfas.org.za:

  • Your certified ID book/card or an unabridged birth certificate.

  • Certified ID book/card of parents or guardian (or death certificate where applicable).

  • Certified ID copy of each person living with you in your home.

  • Pay slip/pension advice (not older than 3 months).

  • Consent from to be filled in by your parent/guardian. It must be signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application (download form from NSFAS website).

  • If you have a disability, you need to download a form (disability annexure A).

  • If you are an orphan, you need also to complete a form.

5. HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED?

You should get a sms or email from NSFAS in January once your admission at University has been approved.

You can check on the NSFAS website (or UJ website – click on Study at UJ /Apply: check your status/check your NSFAS status) or call NSFAS directly.

If your NSFAS bursary has not been approved, you can launch an appeal.

Once your bursary has been approved, you need to sign an online contract with NSFAS.

If you have received a partial bursary (e.g. covers only your student fee), NSFAS might cover other expenses (e.g. – accommodation).

 

NB:

  • If your family receives child support grants or disability grants administered through SASSA, you will automatically get the bursary.

If your family does not receive grants, your application will be assessed to see if you are eligible.

6. WILL I GET AN NSFAS BURSARY EVERY YEAR?

To keep the bursary, you will need to meet and maintain certain academic conditions:

  • Pass at least 50 % of your subjects in the first year of student.

  • You can only repeat one year during your diploma or degree.

  • In second year, you must do a minimum of 10 days (80 hours) of community service or special project work, of the student’s own choosing from a wide range of possibilities, the purpose of which is to inculcate a culture of giving back and working towards the betterment of our country.

  • You must work in RSA for at least the number of years you have been funded. If you leave before, you must pay back your bursary (except if you go abroad to study, and come back after to RSA).

 

NB:

  • NSFAS  does pay for some B Tech and post graduates studies. Check the list here : http://nsfas.org.za/content/postgraduate.html

  • NSFAS does not pay for Honors and Masters studies. Postgraduate students are advised to apply with the National Research Foundation (NRF).

7. CONTACT

NSFAS (www.nsfas.org.za)

call centre 0860067327

Email: info@nsfas.org.za