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What is NSFAS bursary and who qualifies for it after grade 9

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What is NSFAS

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme is a South African government student financial aid scheme which provides financial aid to undergraduate students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education after finishing high school. It is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Wikipedia

NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) is a South African government-funded financial aid scheme that provides bursaries to eligible students who are unable to afford the cost of tertiary education. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, and other related expenses.

In order to qualify for the NSFAS bursary after Grade 9, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a South African citizen or permanent resident
  2. Be enrolled or intending to enrol in a public university or TVET college in South Africa
  3. Come from a household with a combined income of less than R350,000 per year
  4. Pass all subjects in Grade 9 with a minimum of 50%
  5. Provide proof of household income, identity document, and other supporting documents as required by NSFAS

Once a student has met the eligibility criteria, they can apply for the NSFAS bursary through the online application system. The application process typically opens in August and closes in November of each year. Applicants will need to provide personal and household information, academic records, and financial information. The application will be assessed, and successful applicants will be notified in January or February of the following year.

It’s important to note that NSFAS bursaries are competitive, and not all eligible applicants will receive funding. Therefore, it’s important to apply on time and ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria.

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