In the crucial economic times in South Africa, the department of higher education and training has created a scheme to benefit students of South Africa. The National Students Financial Aid Scheme targets students studying in college or university. This scheme aims to provide financial aid to students who are from unprivileged families and can’t afford education. It helps students get free education at any public college or university in South Africa. Eligible students willing to get an education can apply for the scheme. Read on to learn more about NSFAS opening dates.
What Bursary Programs Does NSFAS Offer?
Here’s the list of bursary programs announced by the NSFAS.
- TVET Program
The TVET program, also known as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training program, provides courses that prepare students for jobs or specific skills. The program covers all the educational expenses, including tuition, transportation, and hostels.
- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Program
The program supports students in completing their degree in teaching. The recipient will have to teach at public schools in South Africa. This bursary program covers the tuition fees, food, transportation fees, registration fees, and cost of books.
- Social Work Bursary
The program offers courses to students who want to get social work degrees. Youth are preferred for the program so they can help in the social and economic work of the government. The program gives a stipend for registration, college fees, book costs, accommodation, hostel, and food.
- Disability Bursary Program
The program ensures the educational help of disabled students with good academic progress. It covers the expenses of assistive devices for disabled students, tuition fees, and all basic needs, including transportation and accommodation.
All recipients of NSFAS Bursaries are required to do a job for the government for a specific period after completing their degree.
NSFAS Applications Open For 2024
NSFAS Applications are now open for 2024. The applications will open from October 2023 to 31 January 2024.
There is no last date announced yet. The last date of application depends on the officials’ next announcement.
For more queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the officials of NSFAS. You can contact Sassa officials through their telephone numbers.
NSFAS tel: 021 763 3200, 08000 67327
Eligibility Criteria For The National Students Financial Aid Scheme
- Applicant must own the Nationality of South Africa. International students are not eligible.
- The combined annual income of the applicant’s family members should not exceed the limit of R350 000.
- Must be a recipient of a SASSA grant.
- Must be applying for the first time for an undergraduate qualification at a public institution
- Must be registered at a TVET college for a national certificate (vocational or report 191 programs)
- Must own a cell phone and email ID
- The combined annual income of the applicant’s family members should not exceed the limit of R600 000. (Only for disabled students)
- The combined annual income of the applicant’s family members should not exceed the limit of R122,000. ( If already registered in any university)
- Must pass class 9 and class 10 to study at TVET College.
- Must pass class 12 to study in TVET universities.
Any student who thinks he is eligible for the program must apply for NSFAS.
To apply, gather the documents you will need at the time of application.
Documents You Will Need To Apply
- A copy of Your ID or birth certificate
- Copy of your parent’s ID
- The ID of every family member living in your house
- Evidence of your combined household income (annual)
- Copy of latest exam result or transcript
- University documents
- Proof of your marriage.
Note: All this information and documents you provide will be cross-checked by the police department and Department of home affairs.
If you have all the documents stated above, you can apply for an NSFAS application form.