National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Login-Status, Funding, Criteria & Application-www.nsfas.org.za

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official Login-Status, Funding, Criteria & Application-www.nsfas.org.za

TVET Funding

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Technical and Vocational Education and Training courses are vocational or occupational by nature meaning that the student receives education and training with a view towards a specific range of jobs, employment or entrepreneurial possibilities.

Why study at a TVET college?

A TVET qualification will equip you with vocational & occupational skills that you will need to find employment in South Africa and enable your entrepreneurial potential to start new ventures. South Africa is in shortage of skills in engineering, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, etc. that will build a strong economy and the TVETs are the vehicle to a new skills revolution.

What courses are offered at TVET colleges?

Public TVET Colleges offer a very wide range of courses/programmes that have been developed to respond to the scarce skills needed by employers. Courses vary in duration from a short course of a few hours to formal diploma courses of three years.

Naturally the costs of the courses also vary considerably but it is important to remember that Department of Higher Education and Training courses are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost and for the remaining 20% that would be paid by the student, many full bursaries are available.

NSFAS funds Ministerial approved programmes and students must refer to each college, however the generally funded programmes are below:

  • Engineering Studies – (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Engineering studies – Report 191 N1-N6
  • Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science
  • Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management; Marketing; Finance; Office Administration; Economics & Accounting; Education & Development; Hospitality; Tourism; Safety in Society and Transport & Logistics
  • Pre-Learning Programme (PLP) funding through NSFAS

Qualification Criteria

  • Only South African citizens are eligible for this bursary scheme;
  • A student must be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at any of the fifty (50) public TVET Colleges in South Africa;
  • Must be in need of financial assistance (NSFAS will determine whether or not a student meets the financial eligibility criteria);
  • Returning students must demonstrate proven and accepted academic performance (academically deserving) in line with the College’s progression policy or the progression prescriptions of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines (whichever is higher);
  • Must not be enrolling for a qualification that duplicates previous learning that was state-funded; and
  • Applicants will qualify if they fall within the maximum threshold of up to R350,000 of combined gross family income per annum and are admitted/received a firm offer for enrolment in a College.

Application Cycles

National Certificate Vocation (NC(v)) , Semester 1 and Trimester 1 – Annual – online application and walk in assistive capture application at the beginning of each year
Trimester 2 & 3 as per DHET calendar, in May and September respectively , also Walk in assistive capture application
Semester 2 June – July walk in, assistive capture application

For NSFAS qualifying students we pay for:

  • Registration & Tuition Fees
  • Personal Care Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Accommodation Allowance

Keep your details up-to-date

Students who wish to change their contact details can do so by:

  • Login to my.nsfas.org.za
  • On the already registered tab
  • Enter your username and Password Click on sign in button
  • Click on my personal details
  • Go to the cellphone number section
  • Delete and remove and type in the new cellphone number Click on update details
  • OTP will be sent to your new number
  • Enter OTP and submit

Number is successfully changed (if a duplicate number exists student will get an error message) Students who are unable to change their details online can use the manual process by emailing certified copy of their green barcoded ID or smart card, and a completed affidavit specifying that they have changed their cell phone number; with the new and old number listed to [email protected]

Your NSFAS Wallet will allow you to withdraw cash and/or spend at any merchant registered by NSFAS. Allowance amounts are determined through consultation with institutions, communicated to NSFAS when you register.

What you will need to receive your NSFAS allowances via NSFAS Wallet?

• Your own cell phone and valid SIM card
• You must sign your NSFAS Bursary Agreement if you are a new student to NSFAS
• You will not need to withdraw cash to pay your landlord or any registered merchant.
Please refer to the user guide (How to Spend) 

Your NSFAS Wallet will allow you to withdraw cash and/or spend at any merchant registered by NSFAS. Allowance amounts are determined through consultation with institutions, communicated to NSFAS when you register.

  • When your NSFAS Wallet account is created by NSFAS, you will receive a “Welcome” SMS advising you to verify your account.
  • Ensure at ALL times that you have access to the cell phone number you provided to NSFAS upon application, as this is the number we will use to deposit your funds.
  • Should you wish to withdraw cash, you may do so at any of our cash withdrawal merchants, Checkers, Boxer, U-Save and select Spar stores. Note that these stores have daily cash withdrawal limits from R200 – R1000 per day.
  • Spending at a registered store has no limit i.e. you can spend up to the maximum value of your cash wallet.

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  1. Bandile Maquba says:

    I am trying to log in on my account to check my status and I am frustrated because was accepted at UNISA and my student no. 11226293. I want confirmation.

  2. Elam says:

    I want know my status

  3. I’m trying to login to my nsfas account it not allow me to login

  4. chane scotts says:

    I am accepted at uwc and struckle to to apply online for bursary at nsfas I have all documents certified.

  5. ntsane martin mopeli says:

    i want to know my the status of my bursary for 2021 academic year.

  6. I need Nsfas for the school fees

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