What Does NSFAS Cover for College Students?

By Klenam JU •  Updated: 07/02/24 •  4 min read

Earning a post-secondary school qualification in South Africa is an expensive process that incurs a lot of costs and expenses. The immense financial commitment can prove to be a significant hurdle for individuals from economically disadvantaged and less privileged backgrounds. This article will present full information on the NSFAS financial aid packages for students at South Africa technical vocational education training colleges.

What Does NSFAS Cover for College Students?

The scheme’s support is available through allowances that cover accommodation, registration fees, tuition fees, study materials, transport, and personal needs. Funding is typically offered for a specific academic year and is renewable upon application and subsequent approval.            

How much is NSFAS allowance for TVET colleges?

The worth of the support package is around 34,250 South Africa Rand per annum. The total worth of allowances received is determined by a number of factors such as location, distance from the institution of learning (for transport allowance), and nature of residence (public or private); This ensures that students living in urban, rural, and peri-urban areas do not receive similar packages. Nevertheless, college students receive the same as received by students enrolled at a public university in South Africa.

How much does NSFAS pay TVET college students per month?

For a college student whose application for financial aid has been approved by the NSFAS, the following monthly rates for allowances apply:

How much does NSFAS fund Nated Students?

Students studying National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) programs receive the same amount of funding from the NSFAS as college students. This puts the figure at around 34, 250 South African Rand per annum.

Does NSFAS fund students in TVET colleges?

Students in TVET colleges constitute the eligibility pool of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). As such, they are allowed to apply for funding from the scheme. Applications can be submitted through the walk-in online application platform or the assistive capture application platform method. As long as one meets the eligibility criteria for the scheme, one is guaranteed funding upon approval.

Can TVET college students reapply for NSFAS?

TVET college students receiving funding from the NSFAS can reapply to the scheme. However, interested students must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements stipulated by the scheme to qualify. Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

– Duplicates of South African birth certificate, identity document, or temporary student identity document

– Duplicates of South African birth certificate, identity document, or temporary identity document of parent(s), guardian or partner.

– A document to attest to the income status of a student, parent, guardian, or partner. This is expected to be less than three months old.

Disability Annexure A Form for students with disabilities

– A completed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form (in the event where the applicant is an orphan).

These documents are submitted to the NSFAS along with the completed application form before the termination of the application window. Application windows are structured into two phases annually.

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