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How NSFAS Works For TVET College Students


NSFAS is a financial aid scheme which provides higher education funding to TVET College students. Their funding goes beyond tuition fees. Here's how NSFAS for TVET Colleges works.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) seeks to fund those wanting to study further but cannot afford to do so. NSFAS funds TVET College students by providing a bursary for fees as well as other allowances. 

Which TVET programmes does NSFAS fund?

  • Engineering Studies
    • National Certificate -Vocational NQF levels 2-4
    • Report 191 N1-N6
  • Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction; Information Technology & Computer Science
  • Business & Utility Studies
    • National Certificate – Vocational NQF levels 2-4
    • Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management; Marketing; Finance; Office Administration; Economics & Accounting; Education & Development; Hospitality; Tourism; Safety in Society and Transport & Logistics
  • Pre-Learning Programme (PLP) funding through NSFAS

What are the requirements for TVET students to be funded?

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at any of the fifty (50) public TVET Colleges in South Africa
  • Must be in need of financial assistance
  • Should you be a returning student, you must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance in line with the College’s progression policy or the progression prescriptions of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines (whichever is higher)
  • Must not be enrolling for a qualification that duplicates previous learning that was state-funded
  • Household income is less than R350,000 per year

What is included in the NSFAS bursary?

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Personal Care Allowance of R2900 per year
  • Transport Allowance of R7000 per year
  • Accommodation Allowance
    • Accommodation in an urban area R24,000 per annum
    • Accommodation in an peri-urban area R18,900 per annum
    • Accommodation in an rural area R15,750 per annum

How Do I Apply?

There are three application cycles for TVET students. They are as follows:

  • National Certificate Vocation (NC(v)) , Semester 1 and Trimester 1 
    • This is done annually.
    • Can be done through online application and walk in assistive capture application at the beginning of each year
  • Trimester 2 & 3
    • Done as per DHET calendar, in May and September respectively
    • Walk in assistive capture application also available
  • Semester 2 
    • Opens in June-July
    • Done through walk in assistive capture application

You can apply online, at the NSFAS head office or at the TVET College you wish to attend's bursary office.

NSFAS Applications Open For Trimester 2



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