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National Student Financial Aid Scheme, NSFAS
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What is NSFAS?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a South African government initiative that provides financial assistance to eligible students for tertiary education (universities and TVET colleges).

What NSFAS offers

  • Financial support: Covers tuition fees, living expenses, and essential learning materials for qualifying students.
  • Loan or bursary: Depending on your financial situation, the funding may be a loan (partially repayable) or a bursary (full grant).
  • Variety of programs: Supports students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, and disability studies programs.

Eligibility criteria

  • South African citizen with a valid ID document.
  • Financial need demonstrated through household income.
  • Meeting the academic requirements for your chosen program.
  • Registering for studies at a public university or TVET college in South Africa.

How to apply

  • Applications typically open in late November/early December and close at the end of January.
  • Apply online through the NSFAS Student Portal: https://my.nsfas.org.za/
  • You'll need supporting documents like ID, proof of income, and academic records.
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