Does NSFAS Pay for Diploma Courses?

NSFAS provides higher education funding to students from poor and working-class families who would otherwise not afford to study. You have come to the right place to learn more about whether NSFAS funds diploma courses. 


NSFAS will cover any course studied at a public institution, with a few exceptions. It's important to remember that NSFAS only funds your first qualification and won't fund your postgraduate one.

The financial aid scheme will also cover your online course, should it be done through a public University or TVET College. 

To clearly put you at ease in answering your question, yes, NSFAS will fund your diploma course under the requirements of the public institution you are registered with. 

Students who accept funding from NSFAS will also be required to meet certain conditions in order to continue receiving funding.

Such conditions include the use of the means test and the loan conversion of up to 40% of any loan as incentive for academic success.

NSFAS provides loan or bursary to the designated higher education institution, rather than to the applicant.

Once NSFAS to enters into an agreement with higher education institutions or further education and training colleges, they are then permitted to:

•    Administer bursaries granted to students of the institution.

•    Receive loan and bursary applications from students.

•    Consider and assess the applications in light of the criteria for the granting of bursaries determined by NSFAS.

•    Grant bursaries if the criteria are met after verification processes. 

•    Enter into a written agreement with a borrower or applicant in accordance with the provisions of the guidelines and on the terms and conditions determined by NSFAS.

NSFAS defines the funding as a loan or bursary in order to enable the person to cover the costs connected with his or her education at a designated higher education institution. 

It also extends to cover accommodation of that person for purposes of attending the institution. 

NSFAS determines the conditions under which bursaries are granted to students, ensuring that students are provided with sufficient funds to cover their costs of tuition and accommodation at any public higher education institution. 

To learn further about NSFAS, click here.

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