NSFAS Offices Open For Level 1 Today

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Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent announcement that the country would be moving Level 1 lockdown restrictions. NSFAS has said that it will be opening the Walk-in centres at its Cape Town offices today.  


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From today going forward prospective students, as well as those currently funded by NSFAS, will now be able to visit the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for any NSFAS related queries that they may have.

This comes after they opened their Cape Town offices today following the president's decision to move the country to level one lockdown restrictions.

Located at House Cloete, Brodie in Wynberg, Cape Town, the Walk-in Centre will operate between 9am and 4pm.

NSFAS is a government bursary that is available to underprivileged South African students who are looking to study at a public university or TVET College in the country. 

If you're looking to pursue your tertiary studies then you should consider applying for a NSFAS bursary as they provide funding for registration, tuition and allowances. These allowances cover transport, living expenses and learning materials.

The requirements to qualify to be funded by NSFAS are as follows: 

  • Must be a South African citizen.
  • Can be a SASSA grant recipient. 
  • Applicants combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Persons with a disability's 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.

NSFAS currently funds 623,386 students at universities and TVET colleges across South Africa.

Once approved for the bursary, students will be required to continue passing their modules. 

NSFAS will fund students for the entire duration of their course or degree. Most degrees take about 3 to 4 years, whereas medical degrees take up to 7 years. However, they will fund an extra year of study should a student fail one year. 

NSFAS applications for 2022 have not yet opened and the bursary scheme has not yet announced the date for the opening of applications. 

Prospective students are advised to keep monitoring the NSFAS website and social media pages for official updates regarding the opening date of applications. 


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