How NSFAS Help Students

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How NSFAS Help Students

How NSFAS Help Students

NSFAS is a government agency under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training established according to the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges. The aid is awarded to students who desire to pursue higher education but come from a family with an income of R350 000 or less.

NSFAS provides qualifying students with a variety of financial assistance, including funding for tuition, accommodation, study materials, and a living allowance. The particular award that a student receives is determined by their family’s financial situation.

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How NSFAS Help Students

NSFAS has helped students by providing them with the following to assist in their quest for Hegehr education;

  • Financial Aid for Tuition and Accommodation:

NSFAS aids students by offering financial aid to pay tuition and living expenses. Many students, particularly those from low-income families, simply cannot afford the hefty expenditures of higher education.

  • Support for Learning Materials

NSFAS also aids students in obtaining money for necessary learning resources such as textbooks, stationery, and laptop computers. These resources are essential for academic achievement, and NSFAS guarantees that financially disadvantaged students have access to the resources they need to succeed.

  • Maintenance Allowances

NSFAS gives allowances for maintenance. These allowances are meant to cover day-to-day expenditures such as food, transportation, and other necessities. By easing these financial responsibilities, NSFAS allows students to concentrate on their education without having to worry about making ends meet.


Documents Required To Apply For NSFAS Help

NSFAS applicants are required to support their applications with documents. The following documents are required:

  • Copy of student ID / Birth certificate
  • Copy of parent/s or guardian/ spouse ID
  • Smart card: both sides of the card required
  • Proof of income (where applicable)
  •  Persons living with disability (Disability Annexure A form)
  • An applicant who is recognised as a vulnerable child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed Vulnerable Child Declaration form completed by a social worker
  • An applicant who has indicated that s/he has no family member details and or abridged birth certificate must complete the Declaration.

How To Apply For NSFAS

Follow the step-by-step guide below to apply online for NSFAS funding;

  • Go to the NSFAS official website at:
  • Click on the ‘myNSFAS’ tab.
  • Create a myNSFAS account
  • Click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and complete the sections on the screen
  • Upload required supporting documents where applicable
  •  Click on ‘Submit’.

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Contact NSFAS

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Twitter: @myNSFAS
Instagram: @myNSFAS
WhatsApp: +27 78 519 8006

Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information.


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