How Many Qualifications Does NSFAS Fund

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How Many Qualifications Does NSFAS Fund

How Many Qualifications Does NSFAS Fund

Many South African students desiring to further their education rely on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). NSFAS, which was founded with the goal of giving financial assistance to students who may not have the resources to pay for their studies, plays a critical role in making tertiary education accessible to a larger variety of people.

Undergraduate qualifications, such as bachelor’s degrees, national diplomas, and national certificates, are predominantly funded by NSFAS. It also helps with National Certificate Vocational (NCV) programs and, in certain situations, postgraduate courses.

READ: NSFAS Qualifications

Qualifications Funded by NSFAS

NSFAS A qualification that consists of a minimum of 25 credits associated with a trade, occupation or profession. The University and TVET Colleges funded qualifications are approved by the NSFAS and implemented in conjunction with these eligibility criteria. Below are qualifications funded by NSFAS;

  • Undergraduate Qualifications:

NSFAS primarily funds undergraduate Qualifications, which are South Africa’s first level of higher education. This comprises degrees, diplomas, and certifications offered by universities, technological schools, and public colleges. NSFAS guarantees that qualified students can pursue a wide choice of undergraduate qualifications, allowing them to gain the skills and information required for their chosen occupations.

  • National Certificate (Vocational)-NCV:

NSFAS also provides assistance to students pursuing National Certificate (Vocational) programs, which are widely provided in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. These programs are meant to provide students with appropriate practical skills and knowledge for various sectors, hence increasing their career prospects.

Professional And Artisan Qualifications:

NSFAS acknowledges the value of professional and artisan qualifications in the workforce. It may offer financial aid to students seeking degrees in professions such as law, medicine, engineering, and numerous artisan skills. These credentials sometimes necessitate significant financial investment, making NSFAS assistance vital to ambitious professionals.


Eligibility Criteria For NSFAS

To benefit from NSFAS funding, students must meet certain eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are listed below;

  • Applicants Must be a South African citizen / permanent resident
  • Combined gross household income should not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • Combined gross household income (persons living with disabilities) should not exceed R600 000 per annum
  • SASSA recipients automatically qualify for financial eligibility
  • Must have email and cell phone number.

How To Apply For NSFAS Funding

Follow the step-by-step guide below to apply online for NSFAS;

  • Go to and click on the ‘myNSFAS’ tab.
  • Create a myNSFAS account
  •  Click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and complete the sections on the screen
  • Upload required supporting documents where applicable
  • Click on ‘Submit’.

Documents Required To Apply For NSFAS

All applicants must provide;

  • a copy of their ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted.
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse.
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided.
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide the latest payslip not older than 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
  • Passports/Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of ID.

READ: How Do I Qualify For NSFAS Funding 2024/2025?

Contact NSFAS

  • Email:
  • Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • Twitter: @myNSFAS
  • Instagram: @myNSFAS
  • WhatsApp: +27 78 519 8006
  • USSD:*120*67327#

If you want to study in South Africa but are limited by finances, NSFAS may be the key to realizing your academic goals. Check their website for the most recent information and application procedures, and then take the first step toward reaching your educational objectives. Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information.


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