What are the NSFAS Academic Requirements

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nsfas academic requirements

What Are NSFAS Academic Requirements

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for 2022-2023 is now open from the 2nd of November 2021 to the 7th of January 2022. It’s time to send your applications online to the NSFAS application platform before the deadline. You must be wondering if you will qualify for the funding. This article outlines all the academic requirements for NSFAS funding, and this will help you apply with added confidence for the acceptance of your application.

Academic requirements before funding

As a financial aid scheme for students in need, NSFAS does not just fund because a student is in condition but also considers academic credibility. Only prospective students will be accepted for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for 2022.

NSFAS requires three main passes to pursue higher education in the next academic year to consider you. A student should have passed grades 9 and 10 since the funding is open for grade 9-12 students. A remarkable pass is required to fight competition, and a pass at grade 12 is required, and a passed matric exam slip.

Academic requirements during the funding

After being accepted and starting your tertiary education at a public university or TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) college, you need to stay funded by NSFAS. For continued funding, some academic requirements need to be fulfilled during your course.

You need to follow up on all the institution’s academic requirements for your course years. There is an increased need to do so if NSFAS funds you, and otherwise, NSFAS will terminate funding. Attendance, participation and writing assignments on time are necessary, not forgetting how important it is to be present for tests and examinations. This will show the board that you are a capable successful student who needs their support. There is a need to pass your first year.

Requirements after the end of course

NSFAS has an N+ rule which allows for an extended year or two maximum when a student fails in the final year. A student is permitted to repeat while being funded by NSFAS, but a continued failure will lead to termination, and the student will have to pay on their own to finish the course.

After completing the course, whether out of the country or in South Africa, the student must give to the community by working in the region for a minimum of the same years they were funded by NSFAS. There are so many ways to give to the Republic of South Africa; using such opportunities will guarantee no payback requests from NSFAS.


These academic requirements are essential for one’s application to be accepted. Therefore, consider what you are doing now academically before applying. There are also some other requirements that NSFAS consider before taking a student. Disabled children, orphaned, and students in families that earn less than a stipulated amount per annum benefit NSFAS funding.

To apply, visit www.nsfas.org.za


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