NSFAS Student Support
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Where, how and when should I apply for 2018 funding?
- What documents do I need to apply?
- Must I apply for 2018 if I am funded by NSFAS in 2017?
- Are postgraduate students allowed to apply for funding?
- Is NSFAS funding a bursary or a loan?
- When will application results come out?
- Which institutions does NSFAS provide funding for?
- Are there any courses that NSFAS funding does not cover?
- Can students with disabilities apply?
- How much funding does NSFAS have?
- Does NSFAS pay the whole fee, or is a quarter or half paid by the student?
- What criteria or formula does NSFAS use to distribute money to the different universities?
- Does NSFAS have any measure in place in case a university has a shortfall and cannot accommodate all students that are eligible for funding?
- How do you ensure that students pay back the money?
- How much debt does NSFAS have to date?
- How much do students owe, on average?
- How much of the loan repayment assists in funding other students?
- Can NSFAS still thrive while carrying unpaid loans?
- How many students pay back each year?
- What is the process of paying back a loan, and how much time do students have to do this?
- What happens if a student loses his/her job while still paying back their loan?
- What measures are taken against students who fail to pay their debt after being funded by NSFAS?
- What about students who drop out during their studies?
- When and how is a loan converted into a bursary?
- How do these bursary conversions show on NSFAS repayments?
- How much of NSFAS’s budget is allocated to loans and how much is allocated to bursaries, administration and salaries?
- Is it true that the NSFAS loans of successful third-year university students do not need to be repaid?
- Who qualifies for a TVET college bursary?
- Do I have to repay this bursary upon completing my studies?
- How do I apply for a TVET college bursary?