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NSFAS Application Guide: How to Apply for 2024



NSFAS Application Guide: How to Apply for 2024

NSFAS Application Guide: How to Apply for 2024. If you’re looking to secure financial assistance for your higher education, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is an excellent choice. NSFAS offers comprehensive support, covering study fees, accommodation, and a monthly allowance. However, a successful application requires timely action. In this guide, we provide you with all the necessary details for applying to NSFAS in 2024.

Understanding NSFAS

NSFAS, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, is a government-backed bursary fund designed to assist students in need of financial support. The application process typically opens later in the year, with the closing date extending into the following calendar year.

Application Period for 2024

As of now, applications for the 2024 financial aid cycle have not yet opened. We’ll keep you updated on this website as soon as applications become available. It’s crucial to stay informed and act promptly to increase your chances of approval.

Where to Start: Apply to Your Desired Institution

We recommend that you apply to your chosen university or TVET college as soon as their applications open. Don’t wait for NSFAS applications to open. A successful prior application to your educational institution makes the NSFAS application process smoother.

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify for NSFAS funding, your household income should not exceed R350,000 per year, and you must be a South African citizen. If you have a disability, the income limit increases to R600,000. Sassa grant recipients are automatically approved for NSFAS bursary funding, simplifying the application process.

How to Apply

To apply for NSFAS, follow these steps:

  1. Create an account on the myNSFAS student portal.
  2. Complete the application form, providing your cellphone number, ID number, and necessary documents.
  3. Required documents include certified copies of your South African ID or birth certificate, a statement proving financial eligibility, and, if applicable, your spouse’s ID.
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Checking Your Application Status

You can check your NSFAS application status through the myNSFAS portal or contact NSFAS directly at their toll-free number (08 000 67327) if you encounter any issues. Ensure you submit your application and supporting documents before the closing date to avoid delays.

Supported Institutions

NSFAS provides support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at public universities, universities of technology, or TVET colleges. They cover more than just tuition fees, including registration, accommodation, transport, and books through various allowances.

Institutions Not Covered

It’s important to note that NSFAS does not provide support for students studying at private educational institutions in South Africa. While private colleges and higher educational institutions are legitimate, government bursaries do not extend to students at these institutions.

Required Supporting Documents

When submitting your NSFAS application, ensure you include the following supporting documents:

  • Certified copies of your South African ID or birth certificate.
  • A working cellphone number and contact details.
  • A statement verifying your financial eligibility (proof of income).
  • Your current email address.
  • Your spouse’s ID, if applicable.
  • A consent form may also be required.


By carefully following these steps and meeting the requirements, you can complete your NSFAS application successfully. This financial aid can make a significant difference in achieving your educational goals. For more detailed information, consult Careers Portal’s comprehensive resources on NSFAS, including application guidelines and allowances.

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