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NSFAS Allowances for February Paid to Students



NSFAS Allowances for February Paid to Students

NSFAS Allowances for February Paid to Students. In a departure from its usual policy, NSFAS has announced that institutions will be responsible for disbursing student allowances at the start of 2024. Here’s an update on how universities have been managing this responsibility.

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NSFAS Confirms Allowance Disbursement

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has confirmed that nearly all of South Africa’s 26 universities have successfully distributed NSFAS allowances to students for February 2024. Only one institution is yet to disburse these allowances.

NSFAS Funding Overview

NSFAS offers comprehensive funding to deserving students enrolled in approved courses at South African universities. This funding covers not only tuition and registration fees but also various allowances to help students cover other study-related costs.

Payment System Change

In 2023, NSFAS introduced the Direct NSFAS Allowance Payment system, wherein private companies took over the responsibility of paying NSFAS allowances to students, replacing universities in this process.

Deviation in 2024

Despite plans to continue using the payment system in 2024, NSFAS has decided to deviate from this approach at the start of the academic year. Instead, universities will facilitate the payment of allowances for February and March 2024, including allowances for books, accommodation, transport, food, and personal care.

Payment Progress

Twenty-five out of South Africa’s 26 universities have already disbursed NSFAS allowances to students for February 2024, in line with their commitment dates.


The University of South Africa (Unisa), the country’s largest university, has not yet paid allowances to students. NSFAS states that Unisa is finalizing the process of determining allowances based on the number of modules registered by students.

Payment Responsibility

NSFAS has requested universities to allow direct payment service providers to conduct the onboarding process for students while they continue with payments. Universities will be responsible for administering the payment of allowances for only two months (February and March), with direct payments for the 2024 academic year commencing in April 2024.


NSFAS expresses gratitude to student representatives and institutions for their cooperation at the beginning of the 2024 academic year. The scheme reminds universities that March will be the final month they are responsible for paying 2024 NSFAS allowances to students, with direct payments commencing in April 2024.

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NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?



NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?

NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides vital support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering bursaries and loans for education expenses. But what happens if you drop out? Do you need to reapply for NSFAS funding? Let’s find out.

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NSFAS Funding

NSFAS assists eligible students with tuition, registration fees, and various allowances, enabling them to focus on their studies without financial worries.

Dropping Out and NSFAS

Life circumstances can lead to a student dropping out of their course. Despite this, you can still qualify for NSFAS funding. However, you must take steps to restart your funding.

Reapplying For NSFAS

If you deregister or drop out, you must reapply for NSFAS if you plan to resume your studies in the future. This ensures you remain eligible for funding.

How to Reapply for NSFAS

Create or Log into Your myNSFAS Account

  • If you have an existing account, log in.
  • If not, create a new account on the myNSFAS portal.

Complete the Application

  • Click on ‘Apply’ and answer the questions on the screen.
  • If required, upload any supporting documents.

Submit Your Application

  • After completing the application, click ‘Submit.’
  • You will receive an application reference number.

Maintaining NSFAS Eligibility

Remember, NSFAS will only fund you if you meet the academic eligibility criteria.


If you dropped out of college or university but wish to return to your studies, you can reapply for NSFAS funding. By following the reapplication process, you can resume your education with the necessary financial support.

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