The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funds more than thousands of students every academic year.
And it’s there to financially assist students to be afforded to study at a tertiary institution. As NSFAS is a loan and bursary scheme funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training. It’s there for those who don’t have the financial means to fund their studies or cannot access bank funding, study loans or bursaries.
You can apply for NSFAS study loan or bursary through the Financial Aid Bureaus at the tertiary institution where you’d like to study or directly through the online application with the NSFAS.
Applying directly online will ensure that the application is received and completed. NSFAS will then inform students on the progress of their applications by SMS and email. Allowances for food, accommodation, books and travel will be transferred by NSFAS directly to approved and eligible students.
All students wanted to register at public universities/ TVET colleges for the first time in 2017 and needed financial support from NSFAS. Applications closed between August 1 and November 20 2016.
Therefore to ensure adequate time for processing, assessment testing and planning, be on the lookout for applications for admission in 2018 and when they should be submitted.
To apply on the NSFAS website, you’ll be required to register first to create your personal online account, and then proceed to fill and submit the application form online. You must also have scanned copies of the following required attachments:
- Matric Certificate
- Identity Document/Birth Certificate
- Last Academic Results
- Proof of parents income (If parent/s employed)
- Death Certificate/s (If parent/s deceased)
- Doctor’s Certificate (If permanently disabled)
To apply click here.