When and how to apply for NSFAS?

Online applications (www.nsfas.org.za) from the beginning of August to end of November each year:

  • Communication is via cell phone, applicants are advised to keep their cell phones.
  • NSFAS call centre number 0860 067 327.
  • Applicants will need to create a myNSFAS account before starting the application process. If you are already funded by NSFAS in for the current year and will be continuing with your funded qualification, you must not apply again. You are funded for the duration of your course provided you pass.
  • To be approved for NSFAS funding the applicant’s household income must be R350 000 per year or less. Applicants with a disability must be from a household earning a combined income of R600 000 or less per year.
  • NSFAS funding covers the cost of academic registration, tuition, books, transport, accommodation and personal care. NSFAS provides additional support to students with a disability such as wheel chairs, special computer devices.
  • Once the applicant is approved for NSFAS Funding and admission to an institution of higher learning is confirmed, the NSFAS beneficiary will not be required to pay any registration fees.
  • NSFAS communicates funding decisions to students prior to the beginning of the academic year.
  • Remember to apply for Admission. Applying for NSFAS funding does not secure your admission to a university or TVET college. Apply for admission during the institution’s admission application period.
  • You need to have passed Grade 9 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a TVET College and Grade 12 to receive funding to study at a TVET college.
  • NSFAS has a right to reject or to not consider applications by persons who did not meet all required criteria.

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