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
  1. Type first names (according to ID number)
  2. Type Last name (according to ID number)
  3. Type your ID number (Your username)
  4. Type your own email address
  5. Type your own mobile phone number
  6. Accept terms and conditions Check the box providedto allow NSFAS to verify the information provided (required)
  7. 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:

  1. Your own mobile phone number and email address
  2. Copy of your identity document or birth certificate
  3. ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse (if applicable)
  4. Your proof of income or 1 year of IRP5 (if applicable)
  5. Proof of income from your parents, guardian or spouse
  6. If you are a beneficiary of a SASSA grant, no proof of income will be required.
  7. Applicants with disabilities must submit a completed and signed Schedule A form, click here to download
  8. 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:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Living allowance
  • book allowance
  • Incidental/Personal Care Allowance
If you are studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA), you will receive funding for:
  • Tuition
  • Books (subject to the number of modules registered)
  • Personal care allowance


When will the results of the applications be communicated?
Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS receives confirmation from the institution that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to you before the start of the academic year by SMS, e-mail and via your myNSFAS account.

I already have a scholarship from another organization that covers part of my studies, can I apply to NSFAS to cover the balance of funds needed?
Students receiving a full NSFAS scholarship cannot receive another full scholarship from another source at the same time. If a student receives a partial scholarship from another source, an NSFAS scholarship may be awarded, but stipends must be reduced accordingly, so that the student is fully supported for their studies. NSFAS may not pay amounts already covered by another funder. Any excess funding must be refunded to NSFAS by the institution. A student cannot receive funding above the national rules and guidelines of DHET.

Does NSFAS funding cover short courses at universities?
No. NSFAS funding covers approved funded programs at universities which are all full undergraduate qualifications i.e. degree and diploma.

Can I apply for NSFAS if I have already been funded?
Yes, you can apply for funding. You will need to apply during the application period. Please note that if you were registered before 2018, your combined household income must not exceed R122,000 per year. If you first registered in 2018 or later, your combined household income must not exceed R350,000 per year.

Can students with disabilities apply for funding?
Yes. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for financial aid. The NSFAS provides special disability funding to all accredited students with disabilities at one of 26 public universities or 50 TVET colleges. The applicant’s household income must not exceed R600,000 per year.

Which institutions does the NSFAS fund?
The NSFAS will only provide financial aid to eligible students who have applied and been accepted to public universities and TVET colleges for an approved funded program. We do not provide funding if you are studying or already studying at a private institution.

What happens if you are refused for an NSFAS scholarship?
If an applicant is not satisfied with the results of their application, they may appeal this decision by completing the appeals process available through their myNSFAS account for first-time entering students or from the financial aid of the institution for students in continuing education or senior.

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