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National Student Financial Aid Scheme




Note that from 2021 NSFAS will only pay out allowances to students in accredited accommodation. The university has already embarked on a process with landlords to, in the interim, register their accommodation and start a process of accreditation.

For more information on accreditation of accommodation please visit www.maties.com > accommodation > private accommodation.

Any enquiries can be forwarded to email: privateaccomm@sun.ac.za

Refunding of your family’s own contribution

The Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries & Loans (CUBL) will authorize a refund of your family’s contribution or portion of their payment, only if your student fee account will be settled (show a zero balance) after we have deducted your family’s contribution from the amount that was received from NSFAS up to date. Note that NSFAS makes multiple payments throughout the year per student. Students need to submit proof of their family’s payment via email together with the completed banking details form to CUBL at the following email address: blinfo@sun.ac.za with the above title.


Credit on student fee account

The credit balance caused by the rebate on your accommodation will be refunded to NSFAS. Note that your food allowance will also be adjusted in terms of the national guidelines for food allowances to recipients of NSFAS-bursaries. All students staying in private accommodation or with their parents, receive a maximum allowance of R1,500 per month for food. Adjustments will be made from the date you have left your SU residence. Credits that were caused as a result of these adjustments will be refunded to NSFAS and is not available to the students to spend on food. Credits that were caused as a result discontinuation of modules as well as other top-up funding, will be reserved and paid back to NSFAS.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) aims at providing financial aid to students from poor and working class families in order to promote access to, and success in, higher and further education and training, in pursuit of South Africa's national and human resource development goals.


  1. NSFAS exists to provide financial aid to qualifying students at public TVET colleges and universities.
  2. NSFAS identifies eligible students to provide bursaries.
  3. NSFAS supports access to, and success in, higher education and training for students from poor and working class families who would otherwise not be able to afford to study.

Important changes in rules and allowances

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has made changes to the rules and allowances applicable to different categories of students approved by NSFAS funding. The changes were approved by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology (DHET) on 6 December 2019 and communicated to all universities on 16 January 2020.

The main changes to the allowances for 2020 include the change in the alloocated amounts; this also affects the type of allowances to students living off-campus in family homes or non-accredited accommodation. For example if your are living at home you will receive a travel allowance of R7 500 per year and a living allowance of R15 000 for the year.

The table below provides an indication of which allowances are applicable to different categories of accommodation for students:

Accommodation Type

 Allowance type

​Allowance type

​Allowance type

​Allowance type

Learning Materials

Living Allowance



University managed catering

R5 200 p.a

Max R2 900 p.a
R24 130 p.a

Tygerberg: R26  543 p.a

University set residence fees


University managed

R5 200 p.a

R24 130 p.a

Tygerberg: R26  543 p.a

Max R54 000 per annum


Living off  campus  in
family accommodation
(own arrangements)

R5 200 p.a

R15 000 p.a

R7 500 p.a

Private off campus accredited- or non-accommodation

R5 200 p.a

R15 000 p.a

Max R54 000 per annum


Living allowance for students in university residences or accredited- and non accredited private accommodation

This applies to university students in university owned or managed residences or accredited private residences.
A living allowance will be provided directly to all DHET bursary recipients at universities not accommodated in catering residences, to cover food and incidental expenses. In 2020, this allowance will be R15 000.

All NSFAS bursary/grant recipients at universities qualify for this allowance, subject to the funding cap for returning students registered for the first time prior to 2018.

Students in catered residences receive an allowance for incidental expenses in addition to their catered accommodation. This amount is R2900 in 2020.

Wherever possible, we are accrediting private providers of student accommodation and monitor the quality of accommodation provision to students living off campus.

NSFAS WEBSITEwww.nsfas.org.za

Disclaimer: This information is taken from the NSFAS website and so it is essential that the official NSFAS website be used as the primary source. The information on the NSFAS website and/or NSFAS processes may change without notice and must be confirmed by contacting NSFAS directly

FAQs on expanded NSFAS and bursary scheme_ Final 9 January 2018 (002).pdf


1. NSFAS Brosjure

2. NSFAS-Pocket Guide



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Stellenbosch University welcomes students with disabilities or special learning needs. You can call the Disability Unit on
+27 (0) 21 8084707, or visit www.sun.ac.za/cscd for more information. You can also contact your faculty for assistance.

The Disability Unit forms part of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development (CSCD) and the physical address is 37 Victoria Street, Den Bosch.

Click on this NSFAS Disability Annexure A_2021.pdf to the Dissabilty Unit Website. Herewith the different categories of dissability

The Centre for Bursaries and Loans work closely with the Disability Unit and NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) to assist with funding for students with disabilities or special learning needs.

For your convenience, please click on the link to the NSFAS website, www.nsfas.org to apply for financial aid.
When you apply for financial aid, you need to complete the NSFAS Disability Annexure form and upload it onto your profile with all the supporting documents.

You are welcome to contact our Client Service Centre at 021 8089111 for assistance.