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Does NSFAS pay for phone contracts?

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NSFAS does not pay for phone contracts but does provide financial support for living expenses, accommodation, transport, and learning materials which can be withdrawn as cash vouchers.

NSFAS provides students with financial support when they are completing their higher education studies. NSFAS does not pay out an allowance for phone contracts, but rather pays funds into a wallet that can be used at a participating merchant’s store.

What is NSFAS?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) endeavours to improve access to and the chances of success for students in higher education and training programs by providing them with funding and financial support. This scheme is responsible for approving eligible students who come from indigent and working-class families and redistributing funds to them so that they can further their tertiary studies.

Does NSFAS pay for phone contracts?

NSFAS can be seen as a sort of bursary that pays out an amount of money that covers some of the costs associated with furthering your education at a public university or TVET college in South Africa. These costs include accommodation, living allowance, transport, and learning materials.

This paid-out amount is referred to as an allowance and is paid into a wallet. NSFAS does not currently pay out a specific allowance allocated to phone contracts, but there are also no systems in place to monitor spending and although students are advised to withdraw and spend their allowances responsibly, you can withdraw and spend vouchers at any NSFAS merchant.

What does NSFAS cover?

NSFAS helps students to pay for their education and the tools and necessities that they need to complete their tertiary studies. Some of the necessities that the scheme covers are:

Expense Amount per annum
Accommodation As per the actual costs charged by the university
Transport R7 500
Living allowance R15 000
Book allowances R5200
Personal care R2900

How to withdraw money from your wallet

NSFAS offers students this money in the form of cash vouchers that can be created through Celbux and the NSFAS wallet. These vouchers can then be withdrawn from any partnering merchant in the same way you would withdraw money at the till-point of a store.

Which merchants accept Celbux vouchers?

Some of the stores that are partnered with NSFAS and Celbux to accept these vouchers are Shoprite, Usave, Checkers, SPAR, Choppies, Boxer, Van Schaiks, Nando’s, Romans Pizza, McDonalds, Burger King, Spur, Hungry Lion, Debonairs, Rocomamas, John Dorys, and many others.


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