How much nsfas allowance

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How much nsfas allowance

How much nsfas allowance

NSFAS was established according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act (Act 56 of 1999) and incorporated TEFSA (Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa). From 1993 to 2000, TEFSA was the primary non-profit company in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act and ceased to operate in July 2000. All existing loans on the TEFSA books were transferred to NSFAS.

The NSFAS Act enables any student to apply for a bursary from NSFAS but allows the board to impose conditions, generally, or in respect of a particular loan or bursary. Such conditions include the use of the means test and the loan conversion of up to 40 per cent of any loan as an incentive for academic success.

How Much Does NSFAS Give For Allowances?

A lot of people (mostly students) keep wondering how much they will receive for their allowances. Here is something reliable, as it is coming from information made available on the NSFAS website.

NSFAS Allowance Amount

NSFS Allowance Category Annual Amount Self-Catered/Catered Res
Study Materials (Once Off) R5,200 R5,200
Accommodation (Max) R5,617 (Private)
Living Allowance R15,000 R1,500
Incidental Allowance R2,900 R290
Travel R7,500 R750 (Home)

It was stated that the following allowances are included in the bursary:


  • Accommodation: 

Asides from tuition fees, every student needs a conducive place to stay during their journey of study. This has been covered in the allowance system, but there’s no fixed amount, due to obvious factors. But you should note that it is the exact cost the university charges, nothing more, nothing less.

It should also be noted that if it’s a private school, the cost must not exceed costs for university residence.

  • Transport:

Movement is critical, and no student will stay at the same place. This is then covered in the allowance system. Students will get R7 500 per year to cover these expenses. It should be noted that it is up to 40 km from the School.

  • Living allowance

One has to spend money to live on earth. It will take money to get important things like food too. Hence, this was properly considered in the allowance system. Beneficiaries will get R15 000 per year

  • Book allowance

Students can’t but make use of books, as a prominent responsibility of theirs is to study books. Hence, beneficiaries will get R5200 per year under the allowance system, but it only applies to universities.

  • Personal Care allowance

Also important is this aspect, which has been well taken care of in the allowance System. Beneficiaries will get R2900 per year as personal care allowance.



Perhaps you are a student in a TVET college. Then this is for you. Let’s see the amount you will get as an NSFAS allowance.

Your accommodation is crucial. Unlike University students, the amount here had been fixed, and you already know what you will get depending on the area you stay in.

If you reside in an urban area, you will get R24 000 per year from NSFAS allowance. Those that stay in the peri-urban area will be given R18 900 per year under the allowance system. Additionally, those staying in a rural area are entitled to R15 750 per year as beneficiaries, for their accommodation allowance.

Beneficiaries in this category are getting R7 350 (up to 40 km from the School) via NSFAS allowance, to help their cost in moving from one place to another.

This was really recently introduced to assist students in paying for toiletries, which is so thoughtful of the administrators. You will get R2 900 per year to take care of these responsibilities.

It must be noted that students are funded according to their specific university needs as well as expenses. It should also be stated that allowances (both for University and TVET) are subject to yearly increases determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)



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