Does NSFAS Pay For Unisa Teaching Courses?

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government funded financial scheme that aims to assist students who don't have the financial means to access tertiary education. If you are studying or planning to study teaching at Unisa but are not sure if NSFAS will fund you, read below.


If you want to enrol for a teaching course in University of South Africa but you lack funding, NSFAS can assist you but there are conditions. 

What does the NSFAS bursary cover?

To ensure that students get the most out of their studies, NSFAS makes their educational journey enjoyable and free of any financial burden by providing all necessary support from registration to graduation. To answer your question, yes, NSFAS pays for Unisa teaching courses.

Even though Unisa is unlike traditional universities NSFAS does provide funding for students who plan to study there.

NSFAS provides funding for registration, tuition and allowances. However, the amounts of the various allowances allocated to students at Unisa are slightly different than other universities, this is due to the difference in teaching methods.  

What are the Unisa Allowances offered by NSFAS?

  • Learning Material Allowance: this is calculated based on the number of modules the student has been registered for. Unisa students will receive R600 per module for the first four modules and a R5200 once off amount for five modules to ten modules. This allowance is to be used for textbooks and other learning materials needed to complete their studies. 
  • Living Allowances: This is paid to students who are registered for ten or more modules. 
  • Incidental Allowance: R290 is paid every month for 10 months to students who are registered for ten modules or more for any small expenses that arise for these students.

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

You qualify for a NSFAS bursary if you are a South African citizen who plans to study at a public university or TVET college and you fall within one or more of the below categories:

  • All SASSA grant recipients
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year
  • Persons with disabilities combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per year.
  • Students who started studying before 2018 and whose household income is not more than R122 000 per year.

To learn more about NSFAS funding please CLICK HERE

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