NSFAS Bursary

NSFAS bursary aim is to transform NSFAS into an efficient and effective provider of financial aid to students from poor and working class families in a sustainable manner that promotes access to, and success in, higher and further education and training in pursuit of South Africa’s national and human resource development goals.

NSFAS Bursary – What are they?

A NSFAS bursary is the money you receive to cover the costs of your studies for certain qualifications at any public university or college in South Africa.This money does not have to be repaid to NSFAS.

NSFAS Bursary – We administer various bursary funds, including:

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme to train teachersBursaries for studying Social Work through the Department of Social DevelopmentBursaries from the National Skills Fund for scarce skillsBursaries for the National Certificate (Vocational) and for certain Report 191 courses at TVET collegesThe bursary programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training for students with disabilities.

How To Apply for NSFAS Bursary?

If you will not be studying at any of the above listed institution, please contact your financial aid office or student support office on campus to apply for funding. Click here to find their contact details. Online bursaries available


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the government student bursary and loan scheme that receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training. The scheme was established in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act 56 of 1999.

We provide financial assistance in the form of bursaries and loans to eligible students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa. We administer such bursaries and loans, and recover the loans from students once they have graduated and are employed. NSFAS also raises funds in order to increase the funding pool for student bursaries and loans.