NSFAF Vocational Education and Training Financial Assistance Requirements

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Namibia Students’ Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) Vocational Education and Training Financial Assistance Requirements

Requirements for VET financial assistance

  • The following criteria are used to determine the awarding for Vocational Education and Training:
1 Local VET requirements

1.1 Applicants should be Namibian citizens.
1.2 Full-time/Part-time Applicants studying at accredited and recognized Vocational Training Centres (Institutions registered under Vocational Education and Training Act 1 of 2008).
1.3 All applications must be completed on the appropriate application forms and should be submitted before the deadline.
1.4 Beneficiaries should be graded and obtain a minimum of 20 points in six (6) subjects in grade 10.
1.5 Beneficiaries should have obtained admission at an approved Vocational Training Centre in Namibia.
1.6 Beneficiaries should be studying high or medium priority fields of study as determined from time to time to qualify for funding
1.7 No students should be considered for NSFAF funding, if already benefited for the programme of the same level.
2 SADC/International requirements

2.1 Sponsorships for Vocational Education outside Namibia will be loans.
2.2 Applicants should be Namibian citizens
2.3 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.
2.4 Study abroad in Vocational Training Program in other countries will only be considered through Institutions identified by NSFAF.
3 Post-graduate financial assistanceThe purpose of post graduate studies is to support Namibian citizens who wish to pursue further studies towards honours, Masters, and PhD programmes of studies mostly in areas of with critical human resource shortage. Financial assistance to postgraduate beneficiaries is provided in the form of loans except for medicine and education. As per NSFAF priority fields of study as determined from time to time.

3.1 Application process

Application process for postgraduate are the same as for undergraduates.

3.2 Requirements for Post-graduate financial assistance

Beneficiaries eligible for financial assistance for post graduate studies are required to meet NSFAF requirements. Post-graduate sponsorship is available to qualifying Namibian citizens who have prior undergraduate qualifications.

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The following criteria are used to determine the awarding for postgraduate studies:

3.3 Local Institutions requirements

3.3.1 Applicants should be Namibian citizens.
3.3.3.2 Full-time/Part-time/Distance applicants studying at accredited and recognized Institutions of Higher Learning.
3.3.3 Applicants studying towards: Honours, Masters and PhD programmes.
3.3.4 Applicants studying towards an Honours level must have obtained an undergraduate qualification.
3.3.5 Emphasis will be given to applicants studying towards a qualification that are in line with the completed qualification.
3.3.6 Consideration will be given to applicants studying towards higher and medium priority field of studies.
3.3.7 Applicants should submit proof of provisional admission attached to their applications.

Additional Funding Requirements (Part-time and or distance employed applicants)

3.3.8 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. NSFAF only pays for tuition fees.
3.4 Post graduate studies outside Namibia – requirements

3.4.1 Applicants should be Namibian citizens.
3.4.2 Full-time/Part-time/Distance applicants studying at accredited and recognized Institutions
of Higher Learning.
3.4.3 Applicants studying towards: Honours, Masters and PhD programmes.
3.4.4 Applicants studying towards an Honours level must have obtained an undergraduate qualification.
3.4.5 Emphasis will be given to applicants studying towards a qualification that are in line with the completed qualification.
3.4.6 Consideration will be given to applicants studying towards higher and medium priority field of studies.
3.4.7 Preference will be given to the students studying at SADC and local Institutions.
3.4.8 Applicants should submit proof of provisional admission attached to their applications.
3.4.9 Only students studying in high priority category fields of study will be funded.
3.4.10 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%
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