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Nsfas information

Nsfas information

National Student Financial Aid Scheme The National Student Financial Aid Scheme  (NSFAS) is the government student bursary and loan scheme that receives its funding budget from, and reports to the Department of Higher Education and Training. The scheme was established in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act 56 of 1999. We provide financial assistance in the form of bursaries and loans to eligible students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa. We administer such bursaries and loans and recover the loans from students once they have graduated and are employed. NSFAS also raises funds in order to increase the funding pool for student bursaries and loans.

Student Enquiries
Tel No.: 0860 067 327

Email: info@nsfas.org.za
Account Enquiries
Tel No.: 0860 067 327

Email: accounts@nsfas.org.za
Repayment and Balance Enquiries
Tel No.: 0860 067 327

Email: recoveries@nsfas.org.za
Fraud or Corruption:
Tel No.: 0800 203 900

Email: nsfas@thehotline.co.za
Fax2Email: 086 7261 681

Call Back Number: 072 595 9139
Postal Address: P O Box 21076, Valhalla, 0137

Physical Address

2nd Floor, House Vincent
10 Brodie Road, Wynberg Mews
Cape Town

Postal Address

Students, University and TVET College documents
Private Bag X4, Plumstead 7801, South Africa
Tel No: 021 763 3200
Email: media@nsfas.org.za


-A South African citizen;

-Financially needy as determined by the NSFAS means test;

-Academically deserving and can demonstrate the ability to
succeed in your studies;

-If you have applied or are applying to study at a public
university or TVET College for a qualification.

-You need to have passed Grade 09/10/11/12 to receive
NSFAS funding to study at a TVET College.

-You need to have passed Grade 12 to receive NSFAS
funding to study at a university.

-All applicants currently receiving SASSA grants will not
be means-tested;

-Orphans and children with unemployed parents;
All learners from no-fee schools.

What does NSFAS offer?
An NSFAS loan is the money you borrow to cover the costs of your studies. The costs include tuition fees, food, accommodation, books and travel allowances. All loans are only paid back to NSFAS after you have graduated or left university or college, found employment/ in business, and
earning R30 000 or more per annum. If you are still studying or unemployed, you are not required to start making repayments. At TVET Colleges NSFAS students receive bursaries, which need not be repaid. NSFAS also administers bursaries such as the Funza Lushaka Teacher Bursary; Department of Social Development Bursary; DHET Disability Bursary and numerous other bursaries from Sector Education and Training
Authorities (SETAs).

What documents do I need to apply for NSFAS? 

  • ID document/ ID card (certified copy and electronic copy)
  • Unabridged birth certificate (if you do not have an ID document or ID card) (certified copy and electronic copy)
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copy and electronic copy)
  • Parents/ guardians death certificate (if applicable) (certified copy and electronic copy)
  • Payslips/ employment letters/ pension advice (not older than three months) (do not submit SASSA slips. SASSA should be excluded from household income) (certified copy and electronic copy)
  • Contact details (cellphone number/ email address where NSFAS can communicate with you throughout the application process, as well as to provide feedback on the outcome of your application)
  • NSFAS Consent Form (.pdf) – completed and signed by parents/ guardians
  • If disabled, complete and include the NSFAS Disability Annexure A (.pdf)
  • If orphaned, complete and include the NSFAS Declaration Form (.pdf) – to be signed by an Isibindi Child Youth Care Worker/ a social worker from the Department of Social Development and submitted to an Isibindi Centre/ NYDA office.


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