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What is NSFAS?
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a public entity which grants loans and bursaries to students according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act (Act 56 of 1999).
Any student intending to study at a public university or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college can apply for an NSFAS bursary or loan. To be eligible for financial aid students must meet the following NSFAS requirements:
- Be a South African citizen;
- Comply with the entry requirements set by the universities/college or have proof of registration or acceptance to the tertiary education institution;
- Demonstrate potential for academic success; and
- Be in need of financial assistance.
How to apply
Before completing the NSFAS application forms, gather certified copies of the following documentation:
- A South African identity document/card or a birth certificate;
- Identity documents of parents and/or guardian (or death certificate if applicable);
- Identity documents of each person residing with you;
- Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice (not older than three months);
- The Consent Form – signed by your parents/guardians signatures; and
- The Disability Annexure A (if applicable).
The NSFAS application form can be completed at the university/college’s financial aid office or at your provincial/regional National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) centre. Be sure to include above mentioned supporting documentation with your application.
Students can also submit an NSFAS online application by registering as a user on myNSFAS. To apply online all certified copies of supporting documents must be scanned and available electronically before filling in the online application form.
NOTE: To apply for NSFAS financial aid for 2018 applications must be submitted before 30 November 2017. NSFAS receives applications between 1 August and 30 November every year.