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Financial Aid

In line with the President’s statement, if you are a continuing student in 2018 and were funded by NSFAS in 2017 or earlier, your 2018 NSFAS allocation will now be awarded as a bursary. This NSFAS allocation will not have to be repaid.

You will be supported to register and continue your studies from 2018 onwards through bursary funding. Your past loans will not be converted to a bursary at this time.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training after undertaking due diligence and affordability studies in conjunction with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the National Treasury to determine the quantum of funding required to address the debt owed by students to NSFAS and institutions.

If you are a second year student studying towards a three-year qualification in 2018, funding for your second and third year will be in the form of a bursary and will not have to be repaid.

You do not need to pay a registration/upfront fee. An arrangement has been made with universities to allow you to register. Your registration/upfront fee will be covered by your NSFAS package.

Yes, you will be considered for financial aid funding, provided you meet the pre-2018 NSFAS’s academic and financial eligibility requirements.

As a continuing student your combined household income threshold will be assessed in terms of the 2017 NSFAS DHET general fund criteria (i.e. up to R122 000 per annum).

Continuing students who applied for NSFAS by the closing date of the 30 November 2017 will be considered for funding. The criteria that will be applied for returning students’ eligibility for funding will be in terms of the pre 2018 DHET General Fund criteria (i.e. utilising the gross household income threshold of R122 000 per annum).  

The reason for applying these criteria is that the new DHET Bursary Scheme is being phased in over a period of five years, starting with 2018 FTEN students.

Yes, you will qualify to be funded, provided you meet the NSFAS academic progression criteria, have applied to NSFAS for funding before 30 November 2017, and come from a family with a gross annual income of up to R122 000.
Your situation will be dealt with as part of the process described in question 2. Your debt will not be converted into a grant.

Yes, you can register provided that you have made appropriate arrangements with your university. You will not be required to pay a registration fee/upfront payment in 2018 in order to register. NSFAS will pay this on your behalf.

Your university debt will be dealt with as part of the process described in question 2.