Does NSFAS Pay For NC(V) Courses?

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Nearly 95% of students enrolled at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme(NSFAS). Many have wondered whether NSFAS funds NC(V) courses. 


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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides comprehensive bursaries to students studying at public tertiary institutions around South Africa. This includes funding courses at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

NSFAS will pay for a student’s tuition fees and registration fees while also allocating money for student allowances. These allowances include an accommodation allowance, meal allowance, learning material and a travel allowance. 

There are more than 50 TVET Colleges located around the country. These colleges provide vocational and occupational education and training to interested individuals. They offer NATED courses, occupational programmes and National Certificate (Vocational) courses.

What is NC(V) Courses 

NC(V) courses refer to the National Certificate (Vocational) and are designed for students who want to acquire practical skills outside the traditional school environment. They are especially suitable for those who have decided on a career path and do not require a traditional high school experience.

Completing an NC(V) qualification results in obtaining a Matric certificate. NC(V) qualifications allow students to become self-employed after obtaining their certificates, and they generally extend up to NQF Level 4, which is equivalent to Matric.

Does NSFAS Fund NC(V) Courses 

Yes, NSFAS does fund several NC(V) courses. 

Here’s The TVET College Courses NSFAS Funds 

  • Engineering Studies - (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Engineering studies - Report 191 N1-N6
  • Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science
  • Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management; Marketing; Finance; Office Administration; Economics & Accounting; Education & Development; Hospitality; Tourism; Safety in Society and Transport & Logistics
  • Pre-Learning Programme (PLP) funding through NSFAS

It was recently revealed that nearly 95% of students enrolled in TVET colleges are funded by NSFAS

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Minister Nzimande talking about TVET colleges

TVET Colleges play a critical role in filling the skills gap in South Africa by providing individuals with the knowledge and skills needed for vocational careers. The Higher Education Minister believes the TVET college sector could be significantly improved with the help of industry partners. 


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