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Unless you did not receive NSFAS funding in 2020 or were rejected by NSFAS for funding in 2020 then you need to apply before the closing date 30 November 2020.

The student should contact their nearest NYDA Branch to assistance with the application process.

For all returning students funded on the pre-2018 criteria, who are on NSFAS Grant funding, the criteria of 50% courses passed annually within the N+2 Rule will apply.

The progression criteria of students on the DHET Bursary Scheme (R350, 000 Threshold) must be determined by the Institutions.

Institutions will confirm with NSFAS at the start of the academic year that students have qualified for progression according to the standard institutional policy and approved rules of progression for the specific programme they are studying. Students on the DHET Bursary Scheme will receive a maximum of N+1 year of funding from NSFAS.

The Student will still be funded however the student must not exceed the N+Rule as per the NSFAS guidelines.

NSFAS counts the total number of years that the student has been studying at any Institution of Higher Learning

The student can’t claim a refund as you qualify for NSFAS allowances and we will adjust the credit on the student account accordingly.

Refunds can only be claimed if monies was paid in by yourselves and there is a credit balance on the Student Fee account.

Please refer to the NSFAS guidelines on the NSFAS website for the full bursary details.

NSFAS cover tuition and accommodation if the student is from out of town allowances for students depending on place of residence, food, meals, living and transport allowances, NSFAS does not cover interest on a fees statement, gym, library books lost and re-exam fees. The student is liable to settle such fees.

NSFAS has a set amount that they will pay for accommodation costs linked to Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation costs and if the amount exceeds the NSFAS threshold then the student will be liable for the shortfall.

In 2020 the maximum was R35, 000.

NSFAS provides the University with certain dates (cut-off dates) by when all students Registration templates must be uploaded. Therefore it could happen that the additional claim is not submitted due to the late registration of modules.

The student must ensure they register all the necessary modules at the beginning of the year.
You need to email ( or contact Financial Aid to rectify this immediately as you are ultimately responsible for your own fee account.
You need to get permission from the financial aid offices as adjustments to your allowances will need to be made.

No, you as the student are liable for these costs.

Household income exceeding NSFAS requirements.

Exceeded years of study.

The student already obtained a diploma/degree.

NSFAS does not fund a second undergrad Qualification.

No, if both sponsors are offering full bursaries.

If you receive a partial bursary while holding NSFAS, the NSFAS bursary will be a top up bursary.