How Much Are NSFAS Allowances For Students With Disabilities?

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme offers support to students with disabilities, assisting them by not only covering their tuition but also other living expenses. NSFAS offers disable student a number of assistive allowances to ensure a comfortable academic experience. 


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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a funding scheme that aims to provide funding for poor students who wish to study at a tertiary institution. 

NSFAS not only covers your tuition but they also offer students a number of allowances to assist with their living costs.

NSFAS makes a strong effort to prioritize students with disabilities and ensure that they have a comfortable academic experience. They offer slightly different allowances to students with disabilities.

Allowances offered by NSFAS:

  • Books and learning material allowance - R6 000 per year
  • Meal Allowance - R20 000 per year 
  • Transport allowance - Depending on distance from the institution 
  • Accommodation - Depending on residence fees 
  • N+3 (up to N+4 under exceptional circumstances)

They also offer assistive device/human support allowances to students in need. 

This consists of:

  • Assistive devices - R50 000 once-off (includes devices like laptops)
  • Human/Other support - R50 000 per year 
  • Medical assistance - R2 000 once-off (includes guide dog) 

To qualify for the disability aid, you be need to follow the following criteria:

  • Must be disabled - must be a long term impairment (12+ months) 
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must have a household income of under R600 000 per year  
  • Studying/Intending to study at a public University or TVET college 

To claim for assistive devices or human/other support, applicants must:

  1. Include the assistive devices or human/other support in the registration template
  2. Disability Annexure - signed by a doctor/disability unit
  3. Have a human support claim form (accompanied by a certified copy of the service provides ID)
  4. All claims must be accompanied by corresponding quotations

Once loaded the registration template, all documents mentioned above must be sent to [email protected] on a Disability claim sheet for approval. 

NSFAS aims to support as many students as possible to ensure a successful academic future for all. 

For more information visit the NSFAS website here .


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