How Much Does NSFAS Pay For Food

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How Much Does NSFAS Pay For Food

How Much Does NSFAS Pay For Food

Higher education may be expensive, and for many students, the cost of food accounts for a major portion of their monthly budget. NSFAS understands that appropriate nutrition is necessary for students to function well academically. As a result, the NSFAS food allowance is intended to ease the financial burden of purchasing food while attending college or university. The NSFAS food allowance is not a set amount given to each student. Instead, it is individualized for each kid based on their specific circumstances. The NSFAS meal allowance is intended to assist students in achieving their nutritional needs while studying. Its goal is to ensure that students have access to appropriate and nutritious meals, allowing them to focus on their studies without being distracted by hunger or poor nutrition.

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How Much Does NSFAS Pay For Food

NSFAS pays an amount of R2900 per annum for students as an incidental/personal care allowance and a Living allowance of R15,000 per annum. The NSFAS food allowance is an important part of the total support given to students. It addresses the essential need for nutrition while studying, ensuring that a student’s capacity to achieve academically is not restricted by financial restraints. The amount paid for meals by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) varies depending on numerous criteria and is subject to change based on NSFAS policy and available resources. The NSFAS food allowance is intended to cover a portion of a student’s daily food expenditures while studying in South Africa.

Who Can Apply For NSFAS Food Allowance?

To be eligible to apply for the NSFAS food allowance, you need to meet the specific criteria. To apply ;

  • Must be a South African citizen / permanent resident
  • Combined gross household income should not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • Combined gross household income (persons living with disabilities) should not exceed R600 000 per annum
  • SASSA recipients automatically qualify for financial eligibility
  • Must have email and cell phone number

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How To Apply For NSFAS Food Allowance

Follow the detailed steps below to apply for NSFAS food allowance;

  • Visit the NSFAS official website at
  • Click on “MyNSFAS account” at the top right menu of the page
  • Enter your username or ID number and password
  • Then, you click the “SIGN IN” button.
  • Click on “Track Funding Progress”
  • Upon successful login, your application status will appear on the screen.

Documents Required To Apply For NSFAS Food Allowance

All applicants must provide:

  • a copy of their ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted.
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse.
  •  Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided.
  • Proof of income: The applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide the latest payslip not older than 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
  • Passports/Driver’s licenses will not be accepted as proof of ID.

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NSFAS Contact Details

NSFAS Virtual Contact Centre

We are available to assist through the following channels:

  • Email:
  • Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • Twitter: @myNSFAS
  • Instagram: @myNSFAS
  • WhatsApp: +27 78 519 8006
  • USSD:*120*67327#

Applicants may go to the official NSFAS website or contact their respective universities’ financial aid departments to establish the precise amount of the NSFAS food allowance for a certain academic year. Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information.


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