How Often Does NSFAS Pay For Accommodation

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How Often Does NSFAS Pay For Accommodation

How Often Does NSFAS Pay For Accommodation

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is essential in providing South African students with access to higher education. Accommodation funding is an essential part of this assistance. NSFAS provides financial assistance to qualifying South African students to meet different educational fees. This covers tuition, textbooks, and accommodation.

When it comes to accommodation payments, NSFAS usually makes them monthly. This means you may anticipate a monthly stipend to cover accommodation expenses during the school year.
NSFAS accommodation includes a wide range of options for accommodation to meet the various needs of students. Whether you want to live in a university or college residence, a privately rented apartment, a student hostel, another location, or any other form of accommodation necessary for your studies, NSFAS aims to provide assistance.

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How Much Does NSFAS Pay For Accommodation

NSFAS supports several forms of accommodation, such as university or college residence halls, private accommodation, or any other arrangement required for your study. The payment amount may differ based on the type of accommodation you select. Below is the amount NSFAS disburses for accommodation to TVET Colleges and Universities;


  • Accommodation
  • As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7 500  per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance of R2900 per annum for students in catered residences


  •  Accommodation in an urban area is R24,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in a peri-urban area is R18,900 per annum
  • Accommodation in a rural area is R15,750 per annum

READ: How Much Does NSFAS Give Students

NSFAS Eligibility Requirements For Application

To be eligible for NSFAS, you must meet the below criteria;

  • 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.

Documents To Apply For NSFAS

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: 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.

How To Apply For NSFAS

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

  • Go to and 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’.

READ: How Much Is NSFAS Allowance 2024-2025?

Contact NSFAS

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

NSFAS provides vital help to South African students by providing monthly accommodation payments. Understanding how frequently NSFAS pays for housing and the important factors related to these payments are important for managing your financial aid successfully. Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information.


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