NSFAS opens online varsity funding applications for 2018/2019
Hurry up, apply and be in control of your future!
Applications close on 30 November 2018 and you will
NOT be granted another chance to apply.
Apply online or at the NYDA office closest to you.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has opened the application process for students wanting to study at a public university or college in 2018.NSFAS is a government entity which provides students coming from households earning a specific income with loans and bursaries to study at any of the 26 public universities or at a TVET College
From this year onward, NSFAS will accept applications from anyone who qualifies to enter the post-school education system but cannot afford to finance their studies.
For those not able to access the internet, NSFAS has also partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to provide easy access for learners to applying for funding.
The partnership will allow NSFAS to make use of the 15 NYDA branches nationwide, as well as the more than 50 Local Youth Offices (LYO) to accept applications. These local youth offices are situated within municipality offices in all nine provinces.
NSFAS Information South Africa
NSFAS – The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides loans and gives various NSFAS bursaries to students at all 25 of our public universities, as well as the 50 public FET (Further Education Training) colleges. Instead of having to repay the monetary value as with loans, bursars who apply for a NSFAS bursary will enter into a contract to work in a specific sector in South Africa for a specified amount of time after their graduation.
NSFAS has been highly successful in helping to educate the youth; available funding has grown from R441 million in 1999 to a whopping R8.5 billion in 2013.
Information for Application
A. Before applying you should have decided which course you want to study and at which public university/TVET college. You will need to select these choices in the application form.
B. Make sure you have electronic (and certified copies) of the following:
- Your South African identity document/card or, an unabridged birth certificate
- IDs of parents and/or guardian (or death certificate where applicable)
- IDs of each person living with you in your home
- Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice (not older than three months)
- Please download the consent form and fill it in with your parent/guardian’s signatures. Applications without a consent form that is signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application will not be accepted, and will be considered as incomplete.
- If you have a disability, please download the Disability Annexure A and fill it in
C. When you provide your cell phone number on the application form, make sure it works and please do not change it afterwards, as NSFAS will use it to communicate with you during and after the application process. Please do not provide someone else’s cell phone number as your contact number.
You will also need an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can easily create a gmail address, by clicking here.
D. You must not apply if:
– You have already applied and have an application reference number
– You are not intending to apply for admission to a public university or TVET college
– You already have NSFAS funding for
– You are not a South African citizen
E. For postgraduate studies, only students who plan to do the following postgraduate qualification may apply:
1. B Tech – Architecture/Architectural Technology
2. B Tech – Biokinetics/Biomedical Technology/Biotechnology
3. Postgraduate Certificate in Education
4. Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, and
How to Apply Online
Take note of all the supporting documents you will need, read the terms and conditions, and download the parent consent form.
- Register yourself as a user on myNSFAS.
- You will need to create a username and password, which you will use to log in to your myNSFAS account to update your details.
- To complete the register process you will need a cellphone number and email address.
- If you do not have an email address, you can easily create a gmail address, by clicking here.
Please note that registering on myNSFAS is not the applying process yet. You must proceed to the APPLY tab to access the application form and apply.
Once you have registered, click the APPLY tab and you will be taken to the online 2018 application form. Read the form carefully, and start to fill in your particulars.
IMPORTANT! Before filling in the application form, you will need to have scanned copies of all the supporting documents. These supporting documents must be uploaded. Don’t start the application until you have all the supporting documents, as you will not be able to save the form and come back to it later.
When you have completely filled in the application form and attached all the supporting documents, click the Submit button to submit the application, and wait to receive a reference number.
Make sure you submit your application on or before the closing date of 30 November. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.
Students wishing to undertake other postgraduate qualifications MUST NOT apply. These students will need to apply to the NRF when they open their applications later this year. Click here for more information
Head to the NSFAS website to apply online.
How to Apply Offline with an Application form
Visit your provincial/regional NYDA centre/office where you will be given a paper application form to fill in.
Ask the NYDA centre workers to explain the application process to you, and read the paper application form to familiarise yourself with it.
- Use black ink to fill in the application form and write within the blocks and with CAPITAL letters.
- Do not cancel out any text and make sure you write clearly.
- Your parents will need to sign the consent form.
- Have certified copies of the listed supporting documents with you and attach them to the application form by stapling them together before submitting the application.
- The documents must be certified on the front side of the page and should not be older than 3 months.
- Sign the completed application form and take it to one of the assistants to check that everything is in place.
You will receive a small acknowledgement of receipt card, to which the assistant will attach a bar code (a duplicate bar code will also be attached to your application form).
Make sure you submit your application on or before the closing date of 30 November . Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.
NSFAS Application Status: Students can check their NSFAS Application Status through your school’s Financial aid Office.
Nsfas Application Status
If you applied via CAO go to www.cao.ac.za you’ll see “check my application status” click there then enter your CAO number you’ll see every detail about your application
Nsfas Application Status for various Universities
For UJ students see Application Status UJ
For Unisa Students see –>Application Status Unisa
For TUT students see –> Application Status TUT
For WSU students see –> Application status WSU
For NMMU students see –> Application Status NMMU