How Much Are NSFAS Allowances For Students With Disabilities?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers support to students with disabilities, assisting them by not only covering their tuition but also other living expenses. NSFAS offers disable student a number of assistive allowances to ensure a comfortable academic experience. 



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a funding scheme that aims to provide funding for poor students who wish to study at a tertiary institution. 

NSFAS not only covers your tuition but, they also offer students a number of allowances to assist with their living costs.

NSFAS makes a strong effort to prioritize students with disabilities, to ensure that they have a comfortable academic experience. They offer a slightly different allowances to students with disabilities.

Allowances offered by NSFAS:

  • Books and learning material allowance - R6 000 per year
  • Meal Allowance - R20 000 per year 
  • Transport allowance - Depending on distance from the institution 
  • Accommodation - Depending on residence fees 
  • N+3 (up to N+4 under exceptional circumstances)

They also offer assistive device/human support allowances to students in need. 

This consists of:

  • Assistive devices - R50 000 once-off (includes devices like laptops)
  • Human/Other support - R50 000 per year 
  • Medical assistance - R2 000 once-off (includes guide dog) 

To qualify for the disability aid, you be need to follow the following criteria:

  • Must be disabled - must be a long term impairment (12+ months) 
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must have a household income of under R600 000 per year  
  • Studying/Intending to study at a public University or TVET college 

To claim for assistive devices or human/other support, applicants must:

  1. Include the assistive devices or human/other support in the registration template
  2. Disability Annexure - signed by a doctor/disability unit
  3. Have a human support claim form (accompanied by a certified copy of the service provides ID)
  4. All claims must be accompanied by corresponding quotations

Once loaded the registration template, all documents mentioned above must be sent to on a Disability claim sheet for approval. 

NSFAS aims to support as many students as possible to ensure a successful academic future for all. 

For more information visit the NSFAS website here .

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