nsfas criteria 2023-2024
nsfas criteria 2023-2024
For funding, one must meet the financial qualification standards.
That is, they must have a combined gross annual family income of up to R350 000, as determined and validated by NSFAS.
In accordance with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was established.
NSFAS is a bursary program that provides free higher education and training to poor and working-class South African students.
The mission of NSFAS is to provide financial assistance to students from low-income and working-class households who wish to attend public universities and technical colleges.
Former President Jacob Zuma declared on December 16, 2017, that the South African government will gradually implement “totally subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working-class South African students.”
The money would be phased in over a five-year period, resulting in the establishment of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Bursary Scheme.
Applicants must ensure that they meet the following minimum entry requirements:
- South African citizen
- Receive a SASSA grant
- Total household income is R350 000 or less per annum
- Applying to study at a TVET College or public university
- Already registered as a university student with a total household income of under R122 000 per annum
- Passed grade 9 and grade 10 to receive funding to study at TVET College
- Passed Metric to receive funding to study at University.
- Registering for your first time at a public university for an undergraduate qualification or registered at a public TVET College for a National Certificate Vocational/ report 191 program
Do NOT apply if you meet the following requirement:
- Foreign student (NOT a South African citizen)
- Total household income is over R350 000 per annum
- Completed a previous tertiary qualification
- Already applied and received funding
The following study-related expenses will be covered by the DHET Bursary:
- Registration fee
- Tuition fee
- Subsidized book allowances
- Prescribed learning materials (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
- Subsidized accommodation (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
- Subsidized meal allowances
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply in one of three ways:
METHOD 1: Use the NSFAS website to find out more information (if you wish to apply online, follow the instructions below)
- Go to https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html to create your myNSFAS account.
- When creating an account, you will be asked to submit the following information:
Username, password, ID number, phone number, and email address are all required fields.
- After that, you can log in with your chosen username and password.
- Click the “apply” button to complete the application form.
- After you’ve completed all of the relevant fields (don’t leave any blanks), you can upload electronic copies of your supporting documents (as listed below).
Once you’ve completed all of your paperwork,
METHOD 2: Visit a NYDA Center near you.
- Go to a NYDA center/office near you and fill out an application form. 2) A NYDA center worker will explain the application process and provide you an application form to fill out.
- Use a black pen to fill out the application form in CAPITAL letters and sign it in the designated areas.
- Submit your application form along with any supporting documentation (as listed below).
Ensure that your supporting documents are signed on the front and are no more than three months old.
- A receipt card with a bar code will be mailed to you.
METHOD 3: At a Financial Aid Office/Computer Lab on Campus
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documents (these documents must be submitted; if any are missing, your application will be rejected):
- ID document/ ID card (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Unabridged birth certificate (if you do not have an ID document or ID card) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Parents/ guardians death certificate (if applicable) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Payslips/ employment letters/ pension advice (not older than 3 months) (do not submit SASSA slips. SASSA should be excluded from household income) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Contact information (phone number/email address where NSFAS can interact with you during the application process and provide feedback on your application’s outcome)
- NSFAS Consent Form pdf– completed and signed by parents/ guardians
- If disabled, complete and include the NSFAS Disability Annexure A (.pdf)
- If orphaned, complete and include the NSFAS Declaration Form (.pdf) – to be signed by an Isibindi Child Youth Care Worker/ a social worker from the Department of Social Development and submitted to an Isibindi Centre/ NYDA office
For more inquiries related to the bursary program, please contact NSFAS directly:
Tel: 0860 067 327
For more info visit Nsfas Website