Does NSFAS Disburse Funza Lushaka Bursaries?

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The NSFAS and Funza Lushaka bursaries financially supports students so they may obtain their chosen qualification at a South African Higher Education Institution. So does NSFAS disburse Funza Lushaka bursaries? Find out below. 


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Tertiary education is very expensive so prospective students look for bursaries to fund their studies in order for them to get their qualifications. 

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), which include public universities and TVET colleges in South Africa receive bursary funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

NSFAS refers to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme who's main responsibility is to provide the DHET Bursary, what we know as the NSFAS bursary, which is a government bursary which funds the studies of disadvantaged South African students who wish to study at public universities or TVET colleges.

NSFAS also disburses Funza Lushaka bursaries. However, these bursary programmes are different. 

Funza Lushaka bursary is a multi-year programme which promotes teaching as a profession. This bursary is provided so that eligible students may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority.

Whereas, the NSFAS bursary is provided for students studying any profession at South African public universities or TVET college. 

These bursaries also cover different expenses and provide different allowances to students. 

The Funza Lushaka bursary covers the following: 

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • A possible small allowance for monthly living expenses

The NSFAS bursary covers the following expenses: 

  • Registration 
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • Transport and living allowances

There are different requirements to qualify for each bursary. 

In order to qualify for the Funza Lushaka bursary you must be: 

Any academically gifted, young –

  • learner, currently in Grade 12;
  • graduate below the age of 30 who want to complete a teaching qualification (enroll for a PGCE);
  • person below the age of 30 who want to make a career change and become teachers; and
  • unemployed person below the age of 30 who want to become teachers.

In order to qualify for NSFAS funding you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must be a South African citizen. 
  • Can be a SASSA grant recipient. 
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Persons with a disability whose combined household income is not more than R600 000 per annum.
  • Applicants who first registered at university before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

Students must apply separately for each bursary and will only be able to receive funding from one of the bursary schemes for the duration of their degree. 


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