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National Student Financial Aid Scheme

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government funded organisation, providing financial aid to students studying for a tertiary qualification.

To be eligible, students must:-

  • Be South African citizens;
  • Be studying for a first qualification;
  • Be financially needy;
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed academically.

To calculate the value of the loan to which a student is entitled, the NSFAS Means Test is used.  Students with a gross annual family income in excess of R180 000 will seldom be eligible for funding.

Limited funds are available so applicants will not necessarily be granted funding from NSFAS. It is important, therefore that applications are submitted as early as possible.

If a student passes all subjects in the year that funding is obtained from NSFAS, 40% of the value of the NSFAS loan is converted into a bursary and is credited to the student's NSFAS accounting during the course of the following year.

The student will be asked to start repaying the loan once employed and earning a salary in excess of R26 300 per year. Repayments will be based on the individual's earnings.

For 2009, the interest on the loan is 7.6%. This amount is reviewed annually.

Financial Aid Offices

The Undergraduate Financial Aid Offices are situated in Eden Grove

Should you have any queries relating to undergraduate financial aid, please contact our offices:

P. O. Box 94
Grahamstown
6140

Tel: (046) 603 8248
Fax: (046) 603 8300

Email: finaid@ru.ac.za
Web: Undergraduate Financial Aid

The Postgraduate Financial Aid Offices are situated in the Main Administration Block in Room 206

Should you have any queries relating to postgraduate financial aid, please contact our offices:

P. O. Box 94
Grahamstown
6140

Tel: (046) 603 8755
Fax: (046) 603 8822

Email: pgfunding@ru.ac.za
Web: Postgraduate Financial Aid

Last Modified :Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:26:08 SAST

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