TVET Courses that NSFAS Funds


Can’t afford to pay for your own studies? Join a government-funded training course and get financial support from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme(NSFAS). Here are the fields that NSFAS funs in TVET colleges.

What is a TVET college?

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges have been established by government to respond to the scarce skills shortages in the country.

A TVET qualification equips students with the vocational and occupational skills needed to find employment in South Africa.

The colleges offer a variety of technical programmes that vary in duration allowing learners to choose between short courses and formal diploma programmes.

Who is NSFAS?

NSFAS is government’s leading agent for administering funds to underprivileged students in South Africa for the purpose of increasing access to higher education.

Through its procedures and systems NSFAS identifies students who meet the criteria to receive financial support and dispenses funding accordingly.

NSFAS Funded Training

Both these government backed entities are working together to promote further education amongst poorer students.


As a result NSFAS funds Ministerial approved programmes at TVET colleges.

Students must find out from their respective colleges whether or not their courses are funded, however NSFAS has released a general list of funded programmes offered through TVET colleges. These include:

Engineering courses – (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6; Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science

Business courses – Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6; Management; Marketing; Office Administration;

Commerce courses – Finance; Economics & Accounting;

Hospitality and Tourism

Safety, Transport and Logistics

Education and Development

Pre-Learning Programme (PLP)

Find out more here


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NSFAS Approves 300 000 Applications for 2019 Academic Year

 In a statement issued, the scheme said of the 417 000 applications received, more than 300 000 students have been given the stamp of approval, pending registration at public institutions for NSFAS funded qualifications.

In December, NSFAS Administrator Randall Carolissen called for a review of the 109 000 applications that were initially unsuccessful for the 2019 academic year. 

“Following this process, over 60 000 of these applicants, have subsequently been declared financially eligible. As NSFAS processed applications in the pipeline, the number of unsuccessful applicants escalated to 65 000,” said scheme spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo.

Unfortunately, he said, several students were unsuccessful based on information that received from credit bureaus regarding their household income.

“Should a student want to dispute this outcome because of changes to the household income or SASSA status, they may lodge an appeal by providing the necessary documentation to NSFAS,” Mamabolo said.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has announced the completion of all assessments of the 2019 applications of first time students.

NSFAS said an appeal form can be downloaded from the NSFAS website, www.nsfas.org.za, and must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office at the institution.

Alternatively, students can submit appeals directly to NSFAS, along with the required documentation, to applicationreview@nsfas.org.za.

The closing date for appeals is 08 March 2019.

Appeals will only be considered on the following grounds:

  • Material change in combined household income (proof of loss of income needed with a fully completed NSFAS form for students that were not previously funded);
  • Loss of a bursary/sponsor in the 2018 academic cycle (documented proof should be provided and should be accompanied by a fully completed NSFAS application form);
  • Failure to meet academic criteria where prior academic performance has been satisfactory (provide supporting information and documentation that provides details of the reasons that affected performance);
  • Failure to meet academic criteria due to medical condition (s) or death of an immediate family member (provide supporting information and documentation);
  • Student had a gap year in NSFAS funding or failed to register previously and could not reapply for funding;
  • More than one student from the same household concurrently enrolled at a university/TVET college; and
  • Applying for an approved post graduate qualification (see section F on the appeal form for list). 

Students are encouraged to log in on the myNSFAS self-service portal www.nsfas.org.za to check their application status update, for those students that have been approved for funding, their status will now reflect as:

‘Approved for funding subject to registration’, and for those who have been rejected for funding, the status will reflect as ‘Application unsuccessful’.

To apply for other bursaries click here

Read more about NSFAS Here

Source: News.gov.za

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More than 175 348 University Students Receive NSFAS Funding for 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) can confirm that by the 08th of February, 175 348 students have received financial aid to further their studies at any of the 26 public universities for 2017. This includes 67 875 first-entering students and 107 474 returning students. Although the NSFAS application closing date was 20th January, some universities are still in the process of concluding their examinations. We therefore expect these numbers of funded students to increase.

The Scheme worked tirelessly with the assistance of all the institutions of higher learning and the Department of Higher Education and Training, to ensure that the allocation of financial aid for first-time and returning students are allocated before the end of the academic registration period.

We have agreed with universities that while the allocation of grants to new students was a priority, the management of returning students must be coordinated to ensure that universities can immediately accept and register NSFAS returning students if they meet the following criteria:

  • Received NSFAS financial aid in 2016;
  • Satisfied the 50% module pass requirement for the 2016 academic year;
  • Satisfy the N+2 completion requirement; and
  • Signed their 2016 NSFAS agreement forms.

NSFAS has also communicated with at least 9 976 applicants whose applications were unsuccessful, as they did not meet the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria. Students who are unsuccessful may appeal by submitting the “Appeals Form” before a pre-determined closing date in order to be considered by the Appeals Committee. Details of the appeal can be found on the NSFAS website www.nsfas.org.za or 0860067327.

Issued by:

Kagisho Mamabolo

NSFAS Spokesperson

Cape Town

Have you been rejected by NSFAS? You can make an appeal, Click here to Download NSFAS Appeal Form for 2017

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