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NSFAS Allowances for October 2023 What Students Need to Know



NSFAS Allowances for October 2023 What Students Need to Know

NSFAS Allowances for October 2023 What Students Need to Know. As we approach October 2023, it’s crucial to stay updated on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowance payments. NSFAS has been distributing funds for the 2023 academic year through a new payment system since June.

Overview of NSFAS Funding

For the 2023 academic year, NSFAS is providing financial support to nearly 1 million tertiary students across the country, including those in public universities and TVET colleges. The total budget allocation for this academic year is R47.6 million, as confirmed by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Notably, this year’s NSFAS allowances have been adjusted to account for inflation.

Changes in Payment Method

Nzimande has announced that NSFAS allowance payments will continue to be disbursed on a monthly basis. However, there’s a significant change in the payment method. Allowances will now be directly deposited into students’ NSFAS bank accounts, offering added convenience and benefits.

October NSFAS Allowance Amounts

  • Personal Care Allowance: Nzimande specifies that only distance university students enrolled for an equivalent full-time course credit load qualify for an annual personal care allowance payment of R3,045.
  • Course Credit Requirements: To be eligible for this allowance, students must be registered for a minimum of 120 course credits per year. Those enrolled for fewer than 60 course credits will receive the learning material allowance instead.
  • Living Allowance: All NSFAS-funded university students residing in non-catered university residences will receive an annual living allowance of R15,750. This comprises R3,045 as a personal care allowance per year and R12,705 as a meal allowance.
  • Student Accommodation Allowance: For student accommodation, the maximum allowance is capped at R45,000 per academic year. This applies to both institution-owned or leased accommodations and private accommodations. Private accommodation allowances will be directly paid to service providers by NSFAS or institutions.

Challenges and Solutions

The newly introduced direct payment system has encountered challenges, with some students reporting delays in receiving their allowances. NSFAS acknowledges these issues and has committed to implementing intervention measures to address students’ complaints and ensure smoother disbursements.


NSFAS is urging all funded students to complete the onboarding process promptly to facilitate the timely receipt of their allowances. Stay informed and be prepared for your NSFAS allowance in October 2023.

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