NSFAS For Private Colleges

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NSFAS For Private Colleges

NSFAS For Private Colleges

Private colleges are educational institutions that are privately owned and operated, as opposed to government-funded and governed institutions. These colleges and universities provide a diverse range of educational programs and degrees, frequently focusing on certain fields of study or offering specialized training. Private colleges can provide a variety of educational levels, including postsecondary education and vocational training. NSFAS funds 26 universities and 50 TVET colleges. However, NSFAS does not aid private universities; this program is intended for students from low-income families yet private colleges are very expensive.

READ: Which College Does NSFAS Fund

NSFAS Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for NSFAS, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All SASSA grant recipients
  • Must have email and cell phone number
  • Be a South African citizen with a valid ID number
  • Be a first-time entering university or TVET college student
  • Household income must not exceed R350,000 per annum
  • Must meet the academic requirements for admission to a university or TVET college
  • For persons living with disabilities, household income should not exceed R600 000 per annum.

Who Do Not Qualify For NSFAS Funding

The students within the category below do not qualify to apply for NSFAS funding;

  • Students who have completed a previous qualification.
  • Students with a combined household income of more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.

READ: Which Colleges Offer NSFAS 2024

How To Apply For NSFAS

NSFAS applications are done online on the official website of the NSFAS agency during the application period. Follow the steps below to apply for NSFAS;

  •  Go to www.nsfas.org.za 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’.

Documents Required To Apply for NSFAS

The following documents are required 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: 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.

READ: What Courses Are Not Funded By NSFAS?

NSFAS Contact Details

NSFAS Virtual Contact Centre

We are available to assist through the following channels:

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

Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information.


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