NSFAS N+2 Rule Explained – NSFAS Appeal

For most applicants of nsfas, the term N+2 rule sounds familiar. As part of the criteria for selecting applicants to fund their university education, the nsfas apply certain conditions in the selection of qualified applicants.

Most people get confused by what nsfas mean by n+2 rule, here you have an explanation of what this term mean and how it is applied so that you are clear in your mind.

The term N+2 simply means the student has N +2 number of years to complete his or her course program at the university.

Where N is the least or the minimum number of years to complete a degree at the institution of study. The +2 is the maximum number of additional years the student may need to complete the course.

It must be noted that the N is the allocated number of years by the university, but due to some circumstances like deferred courses, it can be extended. It is this extension that nsfas has put a cap on to make it at most 2 years (+2).

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For example, say a university allocates three years (N) as the official duration of a course of study, the university may allow an extra number of years for the student due to some circumstances, the university may allow the student to do the course for five years.

In this case, N becomes 3 and an extra two years becomes (+2).

In view of this, if NSFAS states that the applicant has exceeded the N+2 rule, what it means that the candidate has exhausted all the allowable number of years specified for the program.

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Note that this is for continue students not new applicants.

It must however be noted that, the n+2 rule doesn’t mean the number of years the student has been funded by nsfas but the number of years spent off the course of study in a public university in South Africa irrespective of the university change.

By this if a student changes his/her university, whether funded or not in the first institution, the number of years of study allocated for the program (N) will still be counted as such.

For instance, if student A starts a program with allowable duration of three years, an extra two years. But after two years, he stops and move a second university, the first university’s duration spent will still be counted as part of N regardless of the change.

In view of this it may happen that, nsfas will not continue to fund such students who have exceeded their limit.

For more information please visit nsfas official website



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One thought on “NSFAS N+2 Rule Explained – NSFAS Appeal

  1. I studied at tvet College from 2016-2017 for 18 months then decided to apply at university last year and I’m doing my first year on 2020 at mut so how’s this n+2rule gonna affect me

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