NSFAS Application: The Definitive Guide

NSFAS Application for 2019 are open. This guide will show you exactly what you'll need to apply for NSFAS this year. Learn more.
NSFAS Application: Every year, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) finance thousands of students in the universities and colleges across South Africa. This guide is going to show you various ways to apply for funding with NSFAS. You will also learn about which documents will be required before you start with your application. Let's get started. I'm certain by now, you know who NSFAS is - right? If not, please read more about the organization here.

NSFAS Application: Here's how to Apply

There are various ways you can apply for NSFAS funding.
  1. Apply online
  2. Apply on campus at the NSFAS offices
  3. Apply at your nearest NYDA Centre

1. Apply online

To apply online is very easy and quick. Simply visit www.my.nsfas.org.za and register your user account. This will help you track your journey with NSFAS and keep your details up-to-date. Most importantly, to complete the registration process, you will need working cellphone number and email address. The system is going to use either your cell or email to verify your account. Once your account is fully registered and activated, proceed to apply for funding online. Click on the "APPLY" tab and complete your NSFAS application. Quick Note: Before filling the application form with your details, you will need scanned copies of all the supporting documents. [Will discuss these documents later in the article] When you're happy with the information provided and have uploaded the documents, submit your application and wait for a reference number. You will use the reference number to follow up and check your application status.

Known issues

Many students struggle quite a lot with online applications whereby they forget their login passwords. Well, with their improved systems, it's now easier to reset your NSFAS password than ever before. Watch this 2min video that'll show you how to do that: 

2. Apply on-campus at the NSFAS offices

If for whatever reason, you don't have access to a stable internet to apply online, you can still apply at the university or college you want to further your studies with. Each university or college that works with NSFAS in South Africa - have their Financial Aid office in campus. This makes the NSFAS application process seamless. All you need to do is visit those offices and collect relevant forms. Consultants will guide you through the application process. If you're missing supporting documents, they will give you many chances to perfect your application. Very important note: NSFAS applications must be submitted before the announced closing date of the year.

3. Apply at your nearest NYDA Centre

Again, if the university you're applying at is a bit far from where you stay - worry no more. You can apply for funding at any of your provincial/regional NYDA offices. NYDA have office nationwide, in popular cities for ease of access. When you get there, please ask for a consultant to explain the process in detail. You need to also read the forms to familiarize yourself with. Complete the form, provide supporting documents and submit your application through NYDA. You will be given a small acknowledgement of receipt card as reference to your NSFAS application. That's all. You've got plenty of options to make your funding application in your academic year. Now, the supporting documents.

NSFAS Supporting Documents

  • Certified copy of your South African ID or birth certificate (if you do not have a green bar-coded ID or smart ID card)
  • Certified copy of your parents and/or guardian ID or a death certificate where applicable
  • Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice stating income


NSFAS is student funding organization by the government of South Africa. They finance potential students coming from unprivileged backgrounds or working-class background. Its really easier to make your NSFAS application. We recommend you apply online. It's simple to apply and fast. Otherwise you could still apply at the Financial Aid office at your chosen university or college. Alternatively, apply at your nearest provincial/regional NYDA offices. For more information, please contact 0800 067 327 and speak to a professional consultant.