NSFAS Encourages Applicants To Check If They'll Be Funded

With NSFAS applications now open for 2022 bursaries, the financial aid scheme is now urging those interested and wanting to apply to check whether they'll be funded or not. Keep reading to find out all the details and who is eligible for a NSFAS bursary.


Are you planning on submitting a NSFAS application so that you can have your studies covered by the NSFAS bursary? Well, NSFAS is now asking applicants to check if they'll be funded.

The financial aid scheme posted the following:

Please note that it is important that applicants check with the Financial Aid Office of the prospective institutions they plan to study at in 2022 to verify if their choice of qualification is funded by NSFAS. 

NSFAS covers those wishing to apply, applying or studying at one of South Africa's 26 Public Universities or 50 TVET Colleges. 

This means that NSFAS will not fund you if you're attending a private college or private higher education institution. You can click here to check which kind of institution you're planning on applying at.

NSFAS also won't cover you if you're applying to study a second qualification, postgraduate qualification or a short course. Only first undergraduate qualifications will be covered.

The other NSFAS requirements are as follows:

  • South African citizen or permanent resident
  • Household income for able bodied individuals must come to R350 000 or less per year
  • Household income for people living with disabilities must come to R600 000 or less

However, if you studied at a TVET College and you're now planning on studying at University and you want a NSFAS bursary, you can apply. All that you need to have done is pass your TVET qualification and apply for the University course you want.

If you applied last year and you were approved for funding but did not register at an institution, you will need to reapply this year again for a 2022 bursary. Once your NSFAS application is approved, you then have a year to register.

In a similar case, should you have applied in previous years and were rejected but believe you now qualify for funding, you will need to apply again.

Applicants are also urged to check that they submit the proper ID numbers, names and surnames exactly as they appear on their ID documents and birth certificates. 



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