By | May 12, 2020

NSFAF Grants/Loans

WHAT IS A LOAN?

Loan means jointly the approved Tuition Fees and Non-Tuition Fees, additional costs, bank charges, administration charges and disbursements as advanced to or paid on behalf of the Debtor by the Fund, which amount the Debtor is required to pay back to the Fund.

WHAT IS A GRANT?

Grants are financial awards given by the NSFAF. It’s not expected to be repaid by the student.  Namibian students are eligible for these prestigious grants. They can further their selected education programs with the help of these funding opportunities.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Funding requirements are determined as per Local, SADC/International and postgraduates. See the Tabs below for more details

Local Funding Requirements

* An applicant should be a Namibian citizen;

* An applicant should apply to study full/part-time or distance at accredited and recognized Institutions of Higher Learning;

* Applicants should have obtained 25 points (in grade 12) in five subjects with an F in English to qualify for funding at local Institutions of Higher Learning, however, applicants intending to study Education and Law should obtain 25 points (in grade 12) in five subjects with a minimum of E in English;

* Applicants who have improved their English through English Programme offered by institutions of higher learning will also be considered provided that such a programme is not less than three (3) months and they have obtained a pass;

* Applicant admitted on Mature Age Entry should be considered for funding provided that proof of admission on mature age from the public local Institution is provided to NSFAF. Applicants should at least be 23 years old.

* Pre or bridging programmes will only be considered if the programme is a pre-requisite of the formal programmes. In the event, where the pre-programme is only implemented for the students who did not meet the requirements of the actual programme, then application for those students will not be considered.

* Applicants should provide proof of parental income if unemployed a declaration under oath should be provided.

* Local students must have been registered at Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) to qualify for funding.

* Foreign qualifications (including grade 12 certificates) should be submitted with an evaluation from Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) attached to the application forms.
* Applicants (students) that are employed and studying part-time or distance may be funded depending on the field of study. This funding is limited to high and medium priority fields of study as determined annually by NSFAF, provided that their income does not exceed N$300,000 per annum. Financial assistance will be in the form of tuition fees only.

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SADC/International Requirements

* An Applicant should be a Namibian citizen.

* Only Applicant applying to study full time at accredited and recognized Institutions of Higher Learning to be considered.
* Funding for SADC and International is for higher and medium priority fields of study as determined from time to time.
* Applicants should have obtained 35 points (in grade 12) in five subjects with an E in English to qualify for funding to study abroad in medicine, engineering and related fields of study.

* For other priority fields of study applicants should have obtained 30 points (in grade 12) in five subjects with an E in English to qualify for funding abroad.

* Applicants who intend to study in SADC/International must submit provisional admission prior to the selection process, thereafter the proof of registration must be submitted without delay.

* Admission letters obtained through Agencies will not be accepted by NSFAF.

* NSFAF will only accept admission letters issued by the governments or Institutions of Higher Learning in which the students intend to study and must be in English.

Vocational Education & Training financial assistance

Local Vocational Education Training- requirements

* Applicants should be Namibian citizens.

* Full-time/Part-time Applicants studying at accredited and recognized Vocational Training Centres (Institutions registered under Vocational Education and Training Act 1 of 2008).
* All applications must be completed on the appropriate application forms and should be submitted before the deadline.

* Beneficiaries should be graded and obtain a minimum of 22 points in six (6)subjects in grade 10

* Beneficiaries should have obtained admission at an approved Vocational Training Centre in Namibia.

* Beneficiaries should be studying high or medium priority fields of study as determined from time to time to qualify for funding

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* No students should be considered for NSFAF funding if already benefited for the programme of the same level.

Vocational Education Training SADC/International requirements

* Sponsorships for Vocational Education outside Namibia will be loans.

* Applicants should be Namibian citizens

*Applicant may be considered for funding to study at Institutions in the Republic of South Africa only in higher and medium priority field of study if the programme/level is not offered in Namibia.

* Study abroad in Vocational Training Program in other countries will only be considered through Institutions identified by NSFAF.

Post Graduate Requirements

Post-graduate financial assistance Local Institutions requirements

* Applicants should be Namibian citizens.

* Full-time/Part-time/Distance applicants studying at accredited and recognized Institutions of Higher Learning.

* Applicants studying towards Honours, Masters and PhD programmes.

* Applicants studying towards an Honours level must have obtained an undergraduate qualification.

*Emphasis will be given to applicants studying towards a qualification that is in line with the completed qualification.

* Applicants should submit proof of provisional admission attached to their applications.

Postgraduate studies outside Namibia – requirements

* Applicants should be Namibian citizens.

* Full-time/Part-time/Distance applicants studying at accredited and recognized Institutions of Higher Learning.
* Applicants studying towards Honours, Masters and PhD programmes.
* Applicants studying towards an Honours level must have obtained an undergraduate qualification.

* Emphasis will be given to applicants studying towards a qualification that is in line with the completed qualification.

* Consideration will be given to applicants studying towards higher and medium priority field of studies.

* Preference will be given to the students studying at SADC and local Institutions.
<br * Applicants should submit proof of provisional admission attached to their applications.

* Only students studying in high priority category fields of study will be funded.

Part-time/distance/modular/online studies will be funded under co-sponsorship for high and medium priority field of studies only. NSFAF pays only a portion of tuition fees up to 40%.