Nsfas final year programme

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Nsfas final year programme

Nsfas final year programme

Nsfas final year programme


The number of final-year students decreased over the period 2011 to 2015, even though the total number of students funded was increasing. The percentage of final year students of total NSFAS students reduced from 17.6% in 2012 to 13.2% in 2015. The reason for this is not evident from the data but is expected to be due to two possible reasons: i) the fact that the eligibility criteria in the first two years were still being refined, and students that may not have been ordinarily funded by NSFAS were funded under this scheme, and ii) that there were some universities, particularly in the 2012 year, that did not adequately manage the intake into this programme and some students may therefore have been funded twice. This is supported. This is supported, but not fully explained, by the data available showing students registered for the final-year programme more than once.

Data Analysis.

NSFAS provided data relating to all final year NSFAS students between 2011 and 2015. The information included details of loans and bursaries and institutions attended but did not include other social information and details of the field of study. This information was therefore merged with the HEMIS (Higher Education Management Information System) data to develop a more complete picture of the relevant students.
To get to a valid comparative analysis, it was also necessary to analyse HEMIS data pre2011 in order to identify final year students and pass rates. The quantitative data was then supplemented with two sources of qualitative information, firstly from an emailed survey which went out to more than 65 000 previous students and received just more than 9 000 (14%) responses of which 5 200 were fully completed. Further qualitative data was obtained from telephonic interviews with willing participants. Of 119 calls made, only 52 were answered and 31 participants were willing to provide information.




Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualify for funding
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • A person with a disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.


How to Apply for NSFAS Online 2023

If you would like to apply for NSFAS 2023, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. You have to visit the NSFAS website: www.nsfas.org.za online
  2. Then, you have to click on the myNSFAS” tab
  3. After that, you create your myNSFAS account
  4. After creating myNSFAS account, you then have to click on the “Apply” tab
  5. Answer the following questions you see on your screen
  6. Update all your personal information
  7. Upload all the required supporting documents
  8. Lastly, Click on “Submit” to send your application for review.



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