NSFAS Will Not Fund Second Qualifications

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Are you interested in studying a second qualification and wondering if you’re eligible for NSFAS funding? Here is what you should know.


Can NSFAS Fund You Twice?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) announced that students who already studied at a university or obtained a prior university qualification do not qualify for funding

NSFAS funding has been reserved for first time entering students who are entering the first year of a new programme. However, students who already received a TVET qualification may apply for NSFAS if they wish to study a university qualification for the first time.

Can You Apply For NSFAS Twice?

Students who do not qualify for NSFAS funding may apply for other forms of funding such as university bursaries and scholarships, Fundi, Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme and bank student loans.

Every university provides its own form of financial aid. Some universities provide extensive booklets detailing bursaries and scholarships, while others have representatives who explain exactly what is available and how to apply. NSFAS are expected to start offering loans to missing middle students.

Click here to find more information about university funding.

Fundi is another funding option. It provides students with loans to fund their studies and help make their lives easier.

Click here for more information about Fundi. 

Students interested in a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) may apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme.

Click here for information about Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme.

Postgraduate students who fall within the missing middle category may apply for the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP). 

Click here for more information about ISFAP.

South African banks also offer student loans to help those who wish to study at a tertiary institution. Managing a student loan may be difficult. 

Click here to find out how to manage student loans.


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