NSFAS Tenet Technology

Guide to Navigating Tenet Technology for NSFAS Beneficiaries

As an NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) beneficiary, it’s essential to navigate the new direct payment system efficiently, especially in light of recent changes that have spurred discussions and protests among student organizations. Understanding how to work with Tenet Technology will ensure that you receive your monthly allowances without delay. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you through this process.

Understanding NSFAS and Tenet Technology

NSFAS is a South African institution that provides financial aid to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to pursue higher education. Recognizing the need for a more efficient distribution of allowances, NSFAS appointed four companies to facilitate this process. Among these, Tenet Technology stands out as a key player in managing the payment of allowances to students.

Tenet Technology should not be confused with the non-profit company Tenet that offers internet connectivity solutions for educational institutions. Instead, Tenet Technology focuses on streamlining the financial transactions for NSFAS beneficiaries, including allowance disbursements and retail transactions using designated cards.

Colleges and Universities Onboarding with Tenet Technology

Several TVET colleges and universities have onboarded with Tenet Technology, making it easier for students enrolled in these institutions to access their allowances. These include well-known establishments like the University of Pretoria, University of Kwazulu Natal, and Central Johannesburg College, among others.

Accessing Your Tenet Technology Account

To access your Tenet Technology account and manage your NSFAS allowances, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Tenetech App: You can request to download the Tenetech app, and you’ll receive a code via SMS to download it directly to your phone. This ensures secure access to your account.
  2. Web and App Access: Tenet Technology offers both an online portal and a mobile app for transaction management. This flexibility allows you to process EFTs, check balances, and obtain statements seamlessly.
  3. Monthly Payments: NSFAS aims to process monthly payments by the 25th of each month. Once payment is made, your Tenet account balance will be updated, and you’ll receive an SMS notification.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a daily limit for EFTs?
    Yes, there’s a R3000 daily limit, which you can adjust within your banking app.
  • How can I access my account without a smartphone?
    You can log in using any device through the Tenetech online portal.
  • Are there any restrictions on ATM transactions?
    No, the NSFAS bank card is accepted at all ATMs.
  • Can I use my NSFAS card at retail outlets?
    Yes, your NSFAS card functions like a debit card, usable at any retail outlet.
  • What if I exceed my in-bundle transaction limit?
    You can still transact at the out-of-bundle rate, which varies by transaction type.

Need Help? Contact Tenet Technology

For any inquiries or issues with your service, or to report suspicious activities, you can contact Tenet Technology via:

  • Toll-Free Number: 0800 873 287
  • WhatsApp: 064 603 7507

Staying informed and proactive in managing your Tenet Technology account will ensure that you fully benefit from the NSFAS allowances without unnecessary hitches.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.