INTRODUCTION TO 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.
INTRODUCTION TO THE NSFAS PROGRAM
Former President Jacob Zuma declared on December 16, 2017, that the South African government will gradually implement “totally subsidized 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.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY.
Before applying, applicants must ensure that they meet the following minimum entry requirements:
- citizen of South Africa
- Obtain an SASSA grant.
- The total annual household income is less than R350 000.
- Applying to a TVET College or a public university to study
- Already enrolled as a university student with an annual household income of less than R122 000?
- To be eligible for funding to attend TVET College, you must have completed grades 9 and 10.
- Passed Matriculation in order to be eligible for university funding.
- Registering for the first time at a public university for an undergraduate degree or a National Certificate Vocational/Report 191 program at a public TVET College.
If you do not match the following criteria, you should not apply:
- International student (NOT a South African citizen)
- The annual household income exceeds R350 000.
- Have you previously completed a tertiary qualification?
- Already submitted an application and received funding
VALUE OF COVERAGE
The following study-related expenses will be covered by the DHET Bursary.The registration fee is:
- Fees for instruction
- Book that has been subsidized
WHERE DO I APPLY? nsfas 2023-2024
You can apply in one of these 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 this page 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 uploaded all of your documents, click the “submit” button to get your reference number.
METHOD 2: Visit a NYDA Center near you.
- Go to a NYDA center or office near you.
- A NYDA center employee will walk you through the application process and give you with information.
- 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.
- At a Financial Aid Office/Computer Lab on Campus
DOCUMENTATION TO BACK UP YOUR OPINION
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documents (these documents must be submitted; if any are missing, your application will be rejected):
- ID card/document of identification (certified copy and electronic copy)
- An unabridged birth certificate is a document that contains all of the information about the (if you do not have an ID document or ID card)
(both a certified copy and a digital copy)
- ID cards for parents and guardians (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Certificate of death of parents/guardians (if relevant) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Pay stubs, employment letters, and pension information (not older than 3 months)
(Do not include SASSA slips in your submission.)
SASSA should not be counted as part of a household’s income.)
(both a certified copy and a digital 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)
- Parents/guardians must complete and sign the NSFAS Consent Form pdf.
- Complete and submit the NSFAS Disability Annexure A if you are disabled.
GET IN TOUCH WITH THE BURSARY PROVIDER
Please contact NSFAS directly with any questions about this bursary program:
Tel: 0860 067 327
APPLICANTS CAN DOWNLOAD NSFAS APPLICATION FORM HERE
For more info visit Nsfas Website