NSFAS Funding 2023 – my NSFAS Online Application

Nsfas Funding 2023 - My Nsfas Online Application

There are some government programmes that helps individuals (students)  who are incapable of providing their financial needs when it comes to education, one of these government program is called NSFAS, it’s a government entity under the Department of Higher Education and Training. This article we will be discussing about NSFAS, how to get enrolled, who should apply and who should not apply, what the bursary covers, the Universities that are enlisted under NSFAS, list of documents you will need when applying and other important things to note concerning this government programme.


What is NSFAS?

One of the government entity in South Africa is called NSFAS. The full meaning of NSFAS is National Student Financial Aid Scheme, it’s a government entity that’s under the Department of Higher Education and Training brought about according to the NSAFS act ( Act 56 of 1999) to help and provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wants to continue their studies at a public university or TVET colleges. They help in giving funds so the said student can continue with his or her studies without bothering about financial problems


What does the Bursary covers?

The bursary covers amount indicated by the school, amounts like accomodation, transport, learning materials, living allowance and they need to be aligned with the approved latest DHET guidelines.



  • Accomodation: the bursary covers accomodation for the students, the amount they will pay is the actual amount asked by the university that is students are likely to be in the university hostel, but for students who wants to live in private accomodation they can achieve this provided that the cost of staying in a private accomodation does not exceed the cost of staying in the university hostel
  • Transport: the bursary covers student transport, transport of 40km from instituition. The cost of transport that will be given to the student by the NSAFS bursary is R7,500 per annum (per year)
  • The living allowance cut out for student under this programme is R15, 000 per annum, so note that if u are student under this programme you have to find an accomodation under or exactly the amount of R15,000 but you can also add your money to stay in an accomodation of your choice
  • Book allowance: their bursary also covers money for books but there is a limited amount you will be given for the books you need in school, the amount given to students for books are R5,200 per year
  • Incidental or personal care allowance: this program also provides incidental or personal care allowance but this is for students in catered residence, the amount given to them for personal allowance is R2,900 per annum


  • Accomodation: the money give to students studying under this programme especially those that are living in an urban area is R24,000 per annum
  • For students staying in a peri-urban area, accomodation that will be given to them by the bursary is R18,900 per year
  • While for students staying in rural areas the accomodation that will be given to them will be R15,750 per annum
  • Transport: the NSAFS covers transportation for student in TVES too, and the cover transportation up to 40km from the instituition. The money give to the students is R7,350 per year
  • While for those students are not staying far from the school their transport allowance will be R7,000 per year
  • Incidental or personal care allowance: as we all know NSFAS provides personal care allowance for student and the allowance given to these students are R2900 per year



Students who are studying (or will be studying) at any of these 25 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges, may apply for 2023 NSFAS funding:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Monash University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • North West University
  • Rhodes University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of South Africa
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Zululand
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Walter Sisulu University

TVET Colleges:

  • Boland College
  • Buffalo City College
  • Capricorn College
  • Central Johannesburg College
  • Coastal KZN College
  • College of Cape Town
  • Eastcape Midlands College
  • Ehlanzeni College
  • Ekurhuleni East College
  • Elangemi College
  • Esayidi College
  • Ethekwini College
  • False Bay College
  • Gert Sibande College
  • Ikhala College
  • Ingwe College
  • King Hintsa College
  • King Sabata Dalindyebo College
  • Letaba College
  • Liphalale College
  • Lovedale College
  • Majuba College
  • Mnambithi College
  • Nkangala College
  • Northern Cape Rural College
  • Northern Cape Urban College
  • Northlink College
  • Orbit College
  • Port Elizabeth College
  • Sekhukhune College
  • South Cape College
  • South West Gauteng College
  • Tshwane North College
  • Tshwane South College
  • Umfolozi College
  • Umgungundlovu College
  • Vhembe College
  • Vuselela College
  • Waterberg College
  • West Coast College


Who Qualifies for NSFAS Funding?

  • All South Africa students are eligible to apply for NSFAS Funding if they are interested
  • All SASSA grant students are also eligible for this funding if interested
  • Also NSFAS funding is applicable to applicants whose combined household income is not up to R350,000 or more than R350,000 per year
  • Person with disability: students with disability can qualify for NSFAS provided their income does not surpass R600,000 or it can be below R600,000 per year or annum
  • NSFAS is also for students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122,000 per year or annum


Students Who Should Not Apply

Like an organized programme they are NSFAS does not just accept all students, they have restrictions for some students and below these write up you will see list of students categories who are restricted from applying to this programme.


  • NSAFS don’t allow students that have a combined household income of more than R350,000 per annum or per year
  • Students that have completed any previous qualification will not be accepted into NSFAS
  • Another set of students that are not allowed to participate in NSFAS are students who have already qualified, applied and received funding. These students are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements,so it’s advisable for students who are under this programme to take their studies seriously cause they won’t be accepted to apply for another year if they don’t pass the calculated years they are suppose to be in school

List of required supporting documents

  1. All applicants must submit a copy of ID. Student can bring a temporary ID issued by the Department of home affairs, if they don’t have a South Africa ID
  2. Students that are not under SASSA must provide ID copies of parent or parents, legal guardian or guardians, they can also bring the ID of their Spouse
  3. Smart ID cards: students are required to bring a copy with both sides of the smart ID. When applying for the NSAFS you have to be with the ID
  4. Proof of income: applicants are required to bring their proof of income to show the organisation that they have what they are doing, if they don’t have a means of income they can bring proof of income of either their legal guardian or parents or spouse
  5. Students under SASSA should provide latest payslip, the payslips should not be older than three months, they should endeavor to bring their UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter. The retrenchment letter of the applicant or parent/parents, legal guardian or spouse.
  6. One of the things to take note is that no affidavits will be accepted as proof for any funding requirements whatsoever


How And Where To Apply

To apply online, you can only do this using this link www.nsafs.org.za, you can log into this link with either your laptop, cellphone, tablet or computer.

Here, we will teach you the right steps to follow when applying for NSAFS programme, these are steps you should follow when applying for NSFAS:

Step 1:  Find this link on your browser www.nsafs.org.za, after clicking on it go to ‘myNSFAS’ tab

Step 2: After going to the tab create a myNSFAS account

Step 3: Then you click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and carefully complete the sections on the screen

Step 4: You will be asked to upload some documents, upload the required supporting documents where it can be uploaded

Step 5:  After you are done uploading they you click on the submit icon

  • If you are not privileged to have acces to the internet, it’s not going to be a big deal for you, you just have to go to the nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or nearest Thusong centre to apply, simply following the same steps that you followed when applying online
  • Prospective students are advised to go for instituition via their application processes for a study place, as financial funding is only offered to students who are fit for funding from NSFAS; when we are talking of eligibility we are talking of financial eligibility. And this programme only accept students who are given firm place to study in an approved programme at any public instituition
  • Students who are interested in the programme can access the NSAFS application portal at their website address  www.nsfas.org.za

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