Applying for NSFAS – student tips

Want to apply for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) but not sure how the process works? – see below!

To all 2017 first year students

All students who will register at public universities/ TVET colleges for the first time in 2017 and need financial support can now apply directly to NSFAS for financial assistance.

  • The application process for students in colleges will open from 09 January to 14 February 2017.
  • University students will have 11 days to send their applications, from 09 January to 20 January 2017.
To all current university/ TVET college students already funded by NSFAS

NSFAS is in a process to receive all your information and details from the university/college where you are currently enrolled. You will be automatically migrated to the student-centred model, and will be notified by SMS/post once NSFAS has received and registered your details.

To all current university/TVET college students, who are not funded by NSFAS, but intend to apply for NSFAS assistance for the 2017 academic year

All the above mentioned students – including those who were previously on a government funded bursary programme not offered by NSFAS – can apply for NSFAS financial assistance for the 2017 academic year.

To apply on the NSFAS website, you will be required to register first to create your personal online account, and then proceed to fill and submit the application form online. You may need about 30 minutes to complete this online process, and must also have scanned copies of the following required attachments:

  • Matric Certificate
  • Identity Document/Birth Certificate
  • Last Academic Results
  • Proof of parents income (If parent/s employed)
  • Death Certificate/s (If parent/s deceased)
  • Doctor’s Certificate (If permanently disabled)

How to Apply

Click here to Apply Online

All paper applications forms can be posted to this address: NSFAS Loans & Bursaries Department, Private Bag X4, Plumstead, 7801. All faxed applications can be sent to this fax number: 086 644 2822. All emailed applications can be sent to this email address: apply@nsfas.org.za. Tel 086 006 7327

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