Bursary guidelines for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be finalised by next week for university students.
Guidelines for students at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges were released in 2020.
During a media briefing held this week, Minister, Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande, said changes to the guidelines will be kept at a minimum.
Keeping the changes small will help universities not have to change administrative systems.
“Students who are already funded on these programmes will be able to continue, as long as they meet the academic criteria.
“However, there will be no funding available for new entrants on second or post-graduate qualifications, as the latter is the responsibility of the National Research Foundation."
“The only exception is that students who have completed higher certificates and gain access to a degree or diploma programme are able to receive funding, if they meet the academic and financial criteria.
Minister Nzimande said the department is committed to working with higher education institutions in order to provide students with funding.
However, this funding will be for students pursuing their studies in scarce fields.
“The department will continue to work with institutions and other funding agencies to expand the funding opportunities for students who do not qualify for NSFAS in particular in scarce skills areas,” said Nzimande.