The R350 Social Relief of Distress grant may affect your ability to qualify for the NSFAS bursary scheme. This is because the NSFAS looks at your overall financial situation when determining whether or not you qualify for assistance. If you are receiving the R350 grant
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) provides financial assistance to disadvantaged South African students who wish to pursue tertiary studies at public higher education institutions. Many of these students may already be beneficiaries of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which is provided to unemployed individuals who have no source of income.
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If you are receiving the R350 grant and you want to apply for Nsfas, keep in mind that once you’re approved for Nsfas, you will no longer qualify for the R350 grant. This is because the R350 grant is specifically for those who don’t receive any other grants or UIF funds; and Nsfas students fall under the category of students who do receive grants,
These R350 grant beneficiaries are able to apply for a Nsfas bursary if they are already receiving SRD grant payments. Should they meet the NSFAS requirements, they will be accepted even if they are a R350 grant beneficiary.
However, once Sassa does its monthly reviews, these beneficiaries will no longer qualify for the R350 grant and payments will stop. Their Sassa grant status check will read ‘Nsfas registered’
No person is able to receive both Nsfas funding and R350 grant payments simultaneously. However, if you are receiving any other SASSA grants besides the R350 grant, you will immediately qualify to be funded by Nsfas. Be sure to check the Nsfas requirements when you apply to see if you would qualify for their bursary scheme.
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