Nsfas Allowances For 2023 University Students
In todays latest NSFAS News – Nsfas is planning its 2023–2024 grant distribution. All information is here.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) announced 2023 allowance fund allocations (Nsfas).
Nsfas’ 2023 budget allocation is R47.6 billion, according to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.
To adjust for inflation, Nsfas’s annual budget raised stipends.
Nsfas offers a stipend system that covers most college expenses, including rent or a dorm room mortgage and textbooks.
A student allowance may be available to students who meet government bursary conditions.
Nsfas recipients receive their monthly student allowance after classes start. Cash stipends are sent to students’ Nsfas Wallets or distributed by the school.
In his speech, Nzimande said university students will receive R5,460 for learning materials and R61,500 for housing.
In the coming year, 7% more college students will receive financial aid.
Beginning in 2023–2024, distant learners who have completed fewer than 60 credits will only be eligible for learning materials reimbursements.
An R3,045 yearly personal care allowance is available to distant learners taking 12 credits each semester. This requires 120 credits every academic year.
Nsfas-funded university students who do not live in catered dorms will get a living allowance for food and other expenses. In 2023, meals will cost R12,705 and personal care R3,045.
Students may receive housing or transportation allowances.
Housing, whether university-owned or rented, will cost R45,000. Nsfas and other colleges will likely pay private landlords or boarding homes directly for student housing.
The Policy on the Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing would accredit all campus student housing, private and public, to provide safe and healthy living conditions for all students (MNSFSH).
Nsfas or another body will validate MNSFSH-incompliant rent costs.
The maximum allowance payment for non-MNSFSH housing will be based on Clause 7.2.4’s Nsfas criterion.
Students who live with family cannot receive housing aid. These students may get a R7,875 travel stipend in 2023.
Students living in university-owned or leased residences receive a maximum R45,000 annual accommodation allowance.
Students residing in authorized private residences can get an R45,000 annual lodging subsidy.
Institutionally catered students receive R60,750 annually (accommodation allowance that is inclusive of the living allowance and personal care)
Institutions seeking private accommodation accreditation must apply to Nsfas.
Institutions granted permission to maintain accreditation and for which Nsfas has procedures to assume accreditation will be notified three months in advance.
The group will grade housing prices for Nsfas-supported students.
Nsfas will verify private home rental prices to fulfill MNSFSH standards.
Private housing applicants must apply to Nsfas starting in 2023.
Nsfas signs leases and pays landlords for students who request for private housing.
Students can only receive one housing stipend per semester.
Students are allowed R5,460 for learning materials in 2023–2024.
Study aids must be spent on course-related material, resources, or technology. Each student gets one allowance for the year.
First-year Nsfas recipients must purchase a laptop or other digital learning equipment.
Institutions can request exemption from Nsfas’s device procurement program for beneficiaries, but they cannot opt out.
Distance learning students can get grants up to R5,460, the legal maximum.
FTEN students must utilize Nsfas funding to buy instructional electronics.
The student pays for computer and data insurance, maintenance, and repair.