One of the main requirements to qualify for a NSFAS bursary funded through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is that if you are able-bodied, your household income must come to R350 000 or less per year and the threshold is R600 000 or less for people living with disabilities.
Another requirement was that you must be a South African citizen but now permanent residents of the country are also eligible.
You also have to be studying at one of the public Universities or TVET Colleges in the country or planning to apply to study there, to qualify. Should you be approved, your NSFAS funding will then be in effect after you register.
It is however important to remember that NSFAS only funds your first undergraduate qualification. They will not fund second degrees, postgraduate qualifications, part-time courses and short courses.
If you're a SASSA beneficiary, you will immediately qualify for a NSFAS bursary but should still apply.
You also do not need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to apply for a NSFAS bursary.
The NSFAS bursary will pay for your registration and tuition fees, accommodation, transport, books and other living costs.
NSFAS applications have to be submitted through myNSFAS with additional documents having to be submitted for your application to be complete.
A good thing to know is that NSFAS does not have an age limit. NSFAS has said, "we don't discriminate against any race or any age" and that all an applicant needs to do is meet the requirements.