What Is The Difference Between NSFAS And Fundi?

Deciding how to fund your studies can be tricky, which is why we have cleared up the difference between NSFAS and Fundi for you.

What is NSFAS?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government student bursary scheme which receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training.

 

NSFAS will cover your tuition fees, accommodation fees as well as give you transport, living and book allowances to make sure that your higher education is covered far beyond what you expect.

NSFAS provides financial assistance in the form of bursaries to eligible students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa.

The requirements to be funded are as follows:

  • Must be a South African citizen.
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualify for funding.
  • Applicants must have a combined household income of not more than R350 000 per annum
  • The person with a disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • If you started studying before 2018 and your household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.
  • If you wish to study or are already studying at a public university or TVET college and come from a family with an income of R350 000 or less, you qualify to be funded by NSFAS. 

For more information about NSFAS, click here.

What is Fundi?

Fundi is a South African Education Finance specialist. They strive to help students achieve their dreams, by covering the costs of attending tertiary institutions.

They cover the following:

  • Study loans 
  • Short courses
  • Accommodation loans
  • Executive loans
  • MBA funding
  • Study device loans
  • Educational tools

Fundi's online website help students find accommodation, buy airtime and data and gain access to eBooks.

Study and short course loans cover the cost of tuition fees for long-term studies and short courses. 

Once you have found your place, Fundi helps you pay the rent in smaller, affordable instalments.

Executive loans help you cover the costs of studying a specialist course or programme. 

MBA loans assist you by funding for your Master of Business Administration degree.

Devices can be quite expensive however, they are necessary when studying at any tertiary institution. Study device loans help you purchase laptops, cellular phones and tablets to help you succeed in today's day and age.

Certain fields of study require certain tools, such as textbooks, a musical instrument, a scientific calculator, a stethoscope, or safety equipment. Which is where the educational tools loan comes in handy.

For more information about Fundi, click here.

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