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How To Check NSFAS Status

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a South African government initiative that assists students in affording tertiary education.

If you’ve applied for NSFAS funding, keeping track of your application status is crucial. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you understand the process better.

Checking NSFAS Status

To check your NSFAS status, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the NSFAS website at www.nsfas.org.za.
  2. Click on the myNSFAS tab and log in with your username and password.
  3. Once logged in, click on “Track Funding Progress” to view your NSFAS application status.

There are alternative methods if you encounter issues with myNSFAS:

  • Dial 12067327# on your cellphone and follow the prompts.
  • WhatsApp +27 78 519 8006 and request your status.
  • Send an SMS with your ID number to 31144.
  • Call the NSFAS Contact Centre at 0800 0 NSFAS (0800 0 67327).

NSFAS Application Status Stages

Understanding the different stages of your NSFAS application status is essential:

  1. Application Submitted: Your application is in the system.
  2. Filtering: The system determines if you are a returning candidate and checks your previous credentials.
  3. Validation: NSFAS conducts third-party checks with SASSA and the Department of Home Affairs.
  4. Evaluation: Verification of the documents submitted with your application.
  5. Funding Eligibility: Confirmation of your household’s financial situation.
  6. Awaiting Academic Results/Admission: Checking your academic results and institution admission status.

NSFAS Eligibility

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, you must:

  • Be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a first-time entering undergraduate student at a public university or TVET college.
  • Meet the academic requirements of your chosen institution and course.
  • Maintain a minimum 50% average for continued funding.
  • Meet financial eligibility criteria based on household income.

NSFAS Allowances in 2024

NSFAS provides monthly allowances to support students financially. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Direct Payments: Allowances are directly deposited into your account after the 25th of every month.
  • Allowance Breakdown:
    • Living: R16,500 per year for university students, R6,000 for TVET college students.
    • Accommodation: R61,500 per year for catered, R45,000 for self-catered.
    • Learning Materials: R5,460 for university students, R3,000 for TVET college students.
    • Transport: R7,780 annual allowance if you live farther than 10 km from campus.
  • Timing for University Students: Ten allowance payments spread across the months from February to November.

NSFAS Payment Schedule

The payment schedule for the first few months of 2024 is as follows:

  • January: Upfront payments for tuition and accommodation to universities by January 31st.
  • February and March: Bi-weekly payments to students instead of monthly.
  • From April onwards, standard monthly payments will be made at the end of each month.

Remember, payment schedules may vary among institutions and could be affected by unforeseen circumstances or public holidays. Keep track of your specific schedule through your myNSFAS account or by contacting the NSFAS Contact Centre.

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