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Bursary Q & A

NSFAS will not be reopening applications.

All eligible students will be provided with a bursary that covers the actual cost of their tuition, plus a NSFAS determined allowance for prescribed learning materials.

From 2018 onwards, prospective South African FTEN university students who have received a firm offer of a space at, or confirmation of admission into, a public higher education institution and who meet the criteria for financial assistance as coming from a “poor and working class” family, will be eligible for funding.

On 16 December 2017, the President announced that government would be introducing “fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans” and that this would be provided through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to first year students in 2018.

Yes, you can register provided that you have made appropriate arrangements with your university.

I am a continuing student at a university and owe NSFAS the loan amount for the 2016 and 2017 academic years.

I was funded by NSFAS in the past, but dropped out in 2016 due to not meeting the academic requirements. I returned to the university in 2017 and paid my own fees through financial assistance from other sources. I meet the academic requirements to continue in 2018. Will I be funded by NSFAS?


Applications for financial aid for all learners, who wish to enter the post-school system and students, who do not have financial assistance to continue their studies in 2018 academic year, has officially opened.


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



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