NSFAS 2023 Online Application Step by Step Guide
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was established under the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Law 56 of 1999).
The NSFAS exists to provide financial aid to eligible students at TVET colleges and public universities;
The NSFAS identifies eligible students, provides scholarships, and collects past student loan repayments to replenish funds available for future generations of students; and,
The NSFAS supports access to and success in higher education and training for students from poor and working-class families who otherwise could not afford to study.
Start by creating a new account.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3,……
- Log on to www.nsfas.org.za
- Click on ‘register’, Fill in the required fields (identification number
- mobile phone number and email address)
- Upload a copy of your ID or birth certificate. If you download a copy of a Smart ID
- please ensure that both sides are visible in the copy
- Type first names (according to ID number)
- Type Last name (according to ID number)
- Type your ID number (Your username)
- Type your own email address
- Type your own mobile phone number
- Accept terms and conditions Check the box providedto allow NSFAS to verify the information provided (required)
- To create a PasswordTo (protect your account)
Identification number, surnames and first names is validated against the Interior Department database. Only valid South African credentials will be accepted.
Easy steps to get your financing:
Take note of the below important documents needed to complete the application:
Your request will not be processed without the relevant supporting documents. Please ensure you upload the correct supporting documents so that we can process your claims.
- Once the student has created an account/profile and entered the required information, he clicks on apply and the screen above appears. The student must fill in the details of the fathers, if the field applies to them and click Next
- The student should fill in the mothers details only if this field applies to them and click next, if this field does not apply to the student they can click next
- Married students with spouses must fill in the required details and click next, if this field does not apply to the student they can click next
- Students with tutors must fill in the required information and click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can click Next
- Once the student has completed all the required fields and steps, the student will need to upload the necessary documents. Once complete, the student can click Next.
- The student must confirm if the uploaded details and documents are correct and submit
- Final Step: Once the student clicks “Submit”, the application will be submitted successfully.
Who is eligible for the scholarship?
You are eligible for an NSFAS scholarship if you are a South African citizen planning to study in 2023 or if you are already studying at a public university or TVET college and meet the following requirements:
- SASSA scholarship recipients or
- Your combined household income does not exceed R350,000 per year or
- Disabled person whose combined family income does not exceed R600,000 per year or
- Student who started his university studies before 2018 and whose household income does not exceed R122,000 per year
What is required during the application process?
The NSFAS may need more information from you to process your request, verify required supporting documents, and ensure that you have all relevant information:
You will need the following to complete your NSFAS application:
- Your own mobile phone number and email address
- Copy of your identity document or birth certificate
- ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse (if applicable)
- Your proof of income or 1 year of IRP5 (if applicable)
- Proof of income from your parents, guardian or spouse
- If you are a beneficiary of a SASSA grant, no proof of income will be required.
- Applicants with disabilities must submit a completed and signed Schedule A form, click here to download
- An applicant who is recognized as a vulnerable child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form, click here to download.
Once your application for funding has been accepted, NSFAS will cover your costs for:
If you are studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA), you will receive funding for: