How NSFAS Assist Students 2025

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How NSFAS Assist Students 2025

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When it comes to accessing quality education, financial limitations should not be a barrier. NSFAS understands this and strives to ensure that eligible students have the opportunity to pursue their academic aspirations without the burden of financial constraints. Details on how NSFAS funds its approved students and the payment cycle have all been explained below which will help the education journey of students.

READ HERE: What Does NSFAS Cover For UNISA Students 2025

NSFAS Financial Assistance Programs 2025

NSFAS offers various financial assistance programs to help students overcome financial barriers. NSFAS provides bursaries to eligible students based on their financial needs. These bursaries cover a range of educational expenses, including

  • tuition fees,
  • accommodation,
  • study materials, and
  • living costs.

Note; Unlike loans, bursaries do not require repayment, making them an invaluable form of assistance.

In cases where students do not qualify for a bursary or require additional funding, NSFAS offers loans. These loans come with favourable interest rates and flexible repayment terms, taking into account the borrower’s financial circumstances.

What NSFAS Pays For 2025

NSFAS provides financial assistance to qualifying students to meet the costs of tertiary education. This covers tuition, accommodation, study materials, and other related expenses. NSFAS carefully allocates funds based on individual students’ financial requirements. The amount of assistance offered is determined by several criteria, including the type of qualification pursued, the cost of tuition, and the student’s household’s financial status. NSFAS pays the following amounts;


  • Accommodation
As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7 500  per annum
  • Living allowance R15, 000  per annum
  • Book allowances R5200 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance of R2900 per annum for students in catered residences


  • Accommodation in an urban area is R24,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in a peri-urban area is R18,900 per annum
  • Accommodation in a rural area is R15,750 per annum
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7,350  per annum
  • Transport R7000 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum

NSFAS Payment Dates 2025

NSFAS payment dates refer to the predetermined dates on which approved funds are disbursed to eligible students. These payments are typically made directly into the designated bank accounts of students or through alternative payment methods. expect your allowances on the following date.

First Semester NSFAS Payment Date 2025:

  • Cycle 1 – All Campuses 26 February 2025
  • Cycle 2 – All Campuses 06 March 2025
  • Cycle 3 – All Campuses 22 April 2025
  • Cycle 4 – All Campuses 20 May 2025
  • Cycle 5 – All Campuses Monday 17 June 2025

Second Semester NSFAS Payment Date 2025

  • Cycle 6 – Medical School 01 July 2025
  • Cycle 6 – All Other Campuses  08 July 2025
  • Cycle 7 – All Campuses 05 August 2025
  • Cycle 8 – All Campuses 02 September 2025
  • Cycle 9 – All Campuses 07 October 2025
  • Cycle 10 – All Campuses (Final payment for 2025)  04 November 2025

READ HERE; NSFAS Payment Dates 2025 TVET College

NSFAS  Contact

For all other queries regarding students:

  • Tel No.: 08000 67327
  • Physical Address
  • The Halyard, 4 Christiaan Barnard St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

Visit the NSFAS official website for more information. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly share your thoughts below.


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