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 NSFAS Funding 2024: Apply For NSFAS

In 1991, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was born with a mission: to support South African students in their pursuit of academic dreams.

Fast forward to 2024, NSFAS continues to play a crucial role in empowering students socially and economically. Let’s break down the essential details of NSFAS Funding for 2024 in an easy-to-understand manner.

NSFAS and Its Vision

NSFAS stands for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, a government initiative assisting South African learners in achieving their academic goals. Established in 1991, NSFAS has been a key player in providing financial support to those in need. The organization strives to ensure that every learner, regardless of financial or physical challenges, has equal access to tertiary education.

NSFAS Funding Program for 2024

For those facing financial struggles or in need of financial support, NSFAS has rolled out a funding program to assist learners pursuing tertiary studies.

If you’re applying to the University of South Africa (UNISA), the financial support includes tuition fees, book allowances, and personal care allowances. For other public universities or TVET colleges, you may receive support for accommodation, living allowances, learning materials, and personal care.

Additionally, candidates with disabilities will receive extra support covering tuition fees, assistive devices, accommodation, meals, and transport.

NSFAS Requirements and Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, you need to meet specific criteria:

  1. Be a South African citizen.
  2. Pursue or plan to pursue studies in a South African public university or TVET college.
  3. The gross annual income of your parents or guardian should be less than R350,000 per year.
  4. Preference is given to learners from needy families or those receiving SASSA grants.
  5. Learners with disabilities and an annual family income of less than R600,000 per year are also preferred.

Once qualified, funding will support you until the completion of your chosen qualification, eliminating the need for reapplication.

How to Apply for NSFAS Online

Applying for NSFAS is a straightforward process:

  1. Register online on myNSFAS or re-register your account.
  2. Visit and click on the “myNSFAS” tab.
  3. Fill in your details, including ID, email, and cellphone number.
  4. Upload your ID copy and complete the registration.
  5. Apply by clicking on the “APPLY” tab and fill out the online application form.

Documents Needed for NSFAS Application

Prepare the following documents (certified copies, not older than three months):

  1. South African ID or unabridged birth certificate.
  2. IDs of parents and guardians.
  3. IDs of everyone in your household.
  4. Proof of annual household income (payslip or appointment letter).
  5. Academic transcripts or exam results (except for Grade 12 students).
  6. University registration documents, travel, and accommodation documents (if applicable).
  7. Proof of marital status (if applicable).
  8. Consent form and Disability Annexure A Form (if applicable).

NSFAS Closing Date

Act fast! NSFAS applications for 2024 will close on January 31, 2024.

Checking NSFAS Application Status

What is your application status? Log in to the myNSFAS portal at to check.

Contact Details

Need assistance? Reach out to NSFAS:

  • Post: Private Bag X1, Plumstead 7801, South Africa
  • Address: 10 Brodie Road, House Vincent 2nd Floor, Wynberg, Cape Town 7700
  • Tel: 0860 067 327
  • Email:
  • Twitter: @myNSFAS

Take advantage of the chance to make your academic dreams a reality! Apply now and pave the way to a brighter future.



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