NSFAS Transport Allowance

NSFAS stands for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. It’s a program run by the South African government’s Department of Higher Education and Training.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme provides financial assistance for tertiary education, including a transport allowance for eligible students.

  • Amount: The transport allowance is R7,875 per year.


  • These eligibility criteria include being a South African citizen, studying towards an approved qualification and meeting the NSFAS household income threshold of R350,000 for able-bodied students and R600,000 for students living with disabilities.
  • You can only receive a transport or accommodation allowance, not both.
  • To qualify for the transport allowance, you must live with family or at a non-accredited residence further than 10km from the campus.
  • If your institution arranges transportation for students living beyond 10km, you won’t receive a transport allowance directly.
  • NSFAS plays a critical role in ensuring students from poor and working-class backgrounds can further their education without having to worry about the costs.

How to Apply for NSFAS Transport Allowance

  • The application period typically runs from late February to mid-March.
  • You should apply through your student self-service portal.

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