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National Student Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS)

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION – NSFAS

NSFAS is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education and Training established according to the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges.

ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – WHAT DOES THE BURSARY COVER?

Amounts indicated of accommodation, living allowance, transport and learning materials need to be aligned with the approved latest DHET guidelines.

UNIVERSITY

  • Accommodation
    As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R7 500 per annum
  • Living allowance R15, 000 per annum
  • Book allowances R5200 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum for students in catered residences

 

TVET

  • Accommodation in an urban area R24,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in a peri-urban area R18,900 per annum
  • Accommodation in a rural area R15,750 per annum
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R7,350 per annum
  • Transport R7000 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – WHO QUALIFIES FOR NSFAS FUNDING?

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualifies for funding
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

 

DISQUALIFIED FROM APPLYING – WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY?

  • Students that have completed a previous qualification.
  • Students with a combined household income of more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.
  • Foreign students (any student who is not a South African citizen).

 

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY

Students who meet the above eligibility requirements and would like to apply will first need to register for a myNSFAS account and submit your application online.

Click here to find out more about applying:

https://www.nsfas.org.za/content/how-to-apply.html

The following supporting documentation are required to be uploaded (the submission of these documents is compulsory):

  • All applicants must provide a copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide latest payslip not older 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
  • Person with disabilities: to complete Disability Annexure A form.

 

To start your NSFAS Application, click on the link below:

https://my.nsfas.org.za/

OPENING DATE:

20 November 2023

CLOSING DATE

31 January 2024

CONTACT NSFAS

Toll Free: 08000 67327

Email: info@nsfas.org.za