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). From 1993 to 2000, TEFSA was the primary non-profit company in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act and ceased to operate in July 2000. All existing loans on the TEFSA books were transferred to NSFAS.
The NSFAS Act enables any student to apply for a bursary from NSFAS but allows the board to impose conditions, generally, or in respect of a particular loan or bursary. Such conditions include the use of the means test and the loan conversion of up to 40 per cent of any loan as an incentive for academic success.
It provides for payment by NSFAS of the amount of the loan or bursary “to the designated higher education institution”, rather than to the applicant. It also allows NSFAS to enter into what is in effect an agency agreement with higher education institutions (HEIs) or further education and training (FET) colleges.
Are Nsfas applications open for 2023
NSFAS applications for student funding for the 2023 academic year are opened from 1 November to 30 January 2023. It is always good to submit your application earlier than the deadline.
For general, student and NSFAS Wallet enquiries
For all other queries regarding students:
Tel No.: 08000 67327
University and TVET College documents
Private Bag X4, Plumstead 7801, South Africa
NSFAS Wallet documents
Private Bag X6, Plumstead 7801, South Africa
10 Brodie Road, House Vincent 2nd Floor, Wynberg, Cape Town 7700
Vuvuzela Fraud & Corruption hotline
To submit information on fraud or corruption identified or witnessed:
Tel No.: 0860 247 653
Fax2Email: 086 726 1681
SMS Call Back Number: 30916
For the submission of legal documentation for the attention of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Legal documentation not submitted and logged through this dedicated mailbox will be deemed invalid and will not receive timeous attention
Outreach and Community Event Invites
For all queries regarding outreach and community event invites:
Tel No.: 021 763 3200
For all media related enquiries please contact:
Tel No: 021 763 3200
Requirements to Apply
- Provide your own cellphone number and email address
- You must have a copy of your ID or birth certificate
- National ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse
- The evidence of your income or 1 year’s IRP5 if necessary
- The proof of income of your parents, guardian or spouse.
- If you are a SASSA grant recipient, you don’t need to provide any evidence of income.
- All Applicants with a disability should provide and submit a completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form
- An applicant who is known as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development should also provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form.
How to Apply for NSFAS Online 2023
If you would like to apply for NSFAS 2023, follow the steps outlined below:
- You have to visit the NSFAS website: www.nsfas.org.za online
- Then, you have to click on the “myNSFAS” tab
- After that, you create your myNSFAS account
- After creating myNSFAS account, you then have to click on the “Apply” tab
- Answer the following questions you see on your screen
- Update all your personal information
- Upload all the required supporting documents
- Lastly, Click on “Submit” to send your application for review.