NSFAS Funding Application South Africa 2022 – 2023

NSFAS Funding Application South Africa | CLOSING DATE FOR NSFAS APPLICATION
7 January 2022 (when Matric NSC results are released).
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

ABOUT THE NSFAS PROGRAMME

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was formed in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. On 16 December 2017, former president, Jacob Zuma, announced that the South African government would phase in “fully subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working class South African students”. The funding would be phased in over a period of 5 years and thus the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Bursary Scheme was established.

NSFAS is a bursary scheme which provides poor and working class South African students with fully subsidized free higher education and training. NSFAS’s vision is to provide students from poor and working-class families with financial aid, to undertake studies at public universities and TVET colleges.

ABOUT THE NSFAS PROGRAMME

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) invites students to apply for funding for 2022 studies. Funding is available to students who are currently studying (who have been funded by NSFAS previously, as well as student who have NOT been funded by NSFAS previously), and students who will be starting their studies in 2022.

Funding is open for tertiary studies at public universities or TVET college in South Africa (it does NOT cover private institutions). Funding is available to students who are in need of financial assistance to start or continue with their studies.

When applying, students will be split into 5 separate cohorts, namely:
Cohort 1: First-Time Entering Student (FTEN) who is a SASSA beneficiary
Cohort 2: Returning Student, who is SASSA beneficiary
Cohort 3: First-Time Entering Student who is NOT a SASSA beneficiary
Cohort 4: Returning Student, who is NOT a SASSA beneficiary
Cohort 5: Student living with disability

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR NSFAS FUNDING

Applicants must ensure that they satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

 

WHAT EXPENSES DOES NSFAS COVER?

NSFAS funding will cover the following fees: registration fees, tuition fees, study material expenses, food allowance, incidental/ personal care, as well as accommodation or transport.

Students living with disabilities, will also receive Assistive Devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, adapted laptops etc.) and Human Support (careers, scribes, tutors, sign language interpreters etc.). The cover amount will be reviewed by NSFAS each year…

WHICH INSTITUTIONS DOES NSFAS ACCEPT?

Students who are studying (or will be studying) at any of these 25 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges, in 2022, may apply:
Universities:

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TVET Colleges:

 

APPLY FOR A BURSARY

While NSFAS is a wonderful initiative, unfortunately not all students will qualify for the programme. For students looking for alternative sources of funding for tertiary studies – view our bursaries open for application here: Bursaries closing soon.

HOW TO APPLY FOR NSFAS FUNDING

Applications can be submitted on any device with internet access: cellphone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Students who were previously funded by NSFAS, can re-apply by logging in with their email address and password: https://my.nsfas.org.za/Application/selfservice.jsp
Students who fall in to any of these categories, must apply via the steps below:

 

STEPS TO APPLY FOR NSFAS

Applications can be done in either of the following ways:

1) Online:
Visit the official NSFAS website
Navigate to the myNSFAS tab
Select the Register an account tab
Upload your supporting documents (per the list below) and then click “submit”
After submitting your application, you will receive a reference number on the screen – it will also be sent to your email address and cellphone number – keep a note of this reference number.

2) In person at your nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Centre.
You will need to have copies of the supporting documents below with you when applying.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR NSFAS APPLICATION

All applicants will be required to submit the following supporting documents when applying – please ensure that you have these documents ready before submitting your application (note that no applications will be accepted without these documents):

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Please note: affidavits will NOT be accepted.

Applicants are advised to apply to institutions for placement, as NSFAS funding is only awarded to students who meet the financial requirement and who have acceptance to study in an approved programme at a public institution.

NSFAS LAPTOP

Students who are registered at a public institution and are approved for NSFAS funding, can apply to receive their laptop here: NSFAS laptop application

NSFAS ACHIEVEMENTS

 

CONTACT NSFAS

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact NSFAS directly:
Tel: 0860 067 327
Email: info@nsfas.org.za

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