What's needed when applying for NSFAS? (Updated 2018)

NSFAS is a partner to all the disadvantaged potential students all over South Africa. They helped hundreds of thousand students further their studies without having to worry about finance.
Have you just completed your matric and seeks to further your education at higher education institutions? If you seek funding to get into top universities in South Africa... ...Then you've come to the right place because the government is here to help with NSFAS. If you have the necessary documents to apply, please visit the NSFAS website to apply online. Don't know how - We will show later in the article, it's very simple. Before you begin your application - let's quickly look at who NSFAS is and why the institution was formed. NSFAS was established according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act (Act 56 of 1999) and incorporated TEFSA (Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa). The NSFAS Act enables potential students to apply for a loan or bursary from NSFAS. In the process, the board will impose conditions, generally, or in respect of a loan or bursary. Conditions aren't that very strict - don't be scared. Such conditions include student agreeing to pay off 40% of the loan after studies. Now:

What do you need to apply for NSFAS? (for 2019)

Please note that for your application to be processed, you must provide a completed application form accompanied with all the supporting documents. You must write your identity number on every page of all your supporting documents for your application to be processed. NSFAS will not be able to process applications without an ID numbers. You will need the following supporting documents to apply - Online or at the university:
  • Copy of a valid South Africa green barcoded ID for yourself and everyone else in your family. If you are still under the age of 18 years or don't have an identity book yet, you can certify your birth certificate and apply with.
  • A letter from your employer or anyone in the family that supports you. They can provide recent pays lips or letter of employment
  • If your parents or the person who supports you or your legal guardian are retired, please provide a copy of an official pension slip or bank statement showing pension payment.
  • If your parents or the person who supports you or your legal guardian works as an informal trader, please provide an affidavit signed by them to confirm this employment.
  • Certified copy of a SASSA letter if any of your family members are receiving a social grant and are also contributing to your household income. This also applies to your legal guardian.
  • If you have indicated that a dependent in your household is a student, please provide proof of registration or acceptance at the TVET college or university for each dependent.
Please ensure that all documents are certified and not older than three months. For more information, please read the checklist on the NSFAS website.

3 Easy steps you can apply for NSFAS online:

Step 1.

Step 2.

  • 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.

Step 3.

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 specified on the NSFAS website. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

NSFAS Contact Details

To find out more information with regards to the application process, kindly contact the NSFAS call centre on 0860 067 327. Their friendly consultants will be happy to assist and give you free advice about your application. You can also send them an inquiry via email at info@nsfas.org.za for more information. Alternatively visit their website at www.nsfas.org.za to read more and make online applications.