Nsfas Online Application

If you’re in need of financial assistance to study at a tertiary institution in South Africa, you might want to consider applying for Nsfas.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was set up by the South African Government to provide students with financial assistance to cover the cost for registration and tuition and provide allowances for books, food, transport, and accommodation.


Many students face challenges in the application process and that’s why I have written this guide to answer any question regarding the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Here is a detailed guide on how to apply, how to check application status, how change contact details, requirements to apply and many others.

Many students ask this question. How do I apply for Nsfas online?

Applying for Nsfas online involves a simple process. But before you apply, you need to prepare the following supporting documents for your application which should not be older than 3 months:

Requirements to apply

  • A South African citizen with a valid South Africa ID (unfortunately no foreign students may apply)
  • Your combined household income must not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • If you are disabled, then your household income must not exceed R600 000 per annum
  • You need to have passed grade 12 at a secondary institution for both university and Tvet funding

What you will need to submit your application

  • Copy of your ID or birth certificate
  • ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse
  • Your proof of income or 1 year’s IRP5 or your parents, guardian or spouse’s proof of income. (NOTE: If you are a SASSA grant recipient, no proof of income will be required)
  • If you are disabled you must submit a completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form
  • If you are recognised as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form

How do I apply

  • Log on to NSFAS Website
  • Click on register
  • Tick the acceptance option to verify and validate the information you provide
  • Type in your ID number as per your ID document
  • Type in your name and surname as per your ID Document
  • Type in your email address and cellphone number (Please note that your email will become your username)
  • Create a password and confirm your password
  • Upload a copy of your ID
  • Click on the register button
  • A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent to the email address and cellphone number you provided
  • Type in the OTP in the tab provided and click submit
  • You will then receive another SMS and email confirming that your myNSFAS account has been created
  • You must now proceed with fill out your application and providing the necessary supporting documentation

The first step to applying is creating an account.

What will the funding cover

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Allowance for food
  • Allowance for personal care
  • Learning materials
  • Accommodation (if necessary)
  • Travel (if necessary)

Other required documents if applicable:

  • Retrenchment letter
  • Death certificate/s
  • Divorce decree

Application Dates

  • Opening date: 1st August
  • Closing date: 30th November

How to create an NSFAS profile:

  1. Go to nsfas website
  2. Click on MyNSFAS Account’
  3. Register and create a profile.

After successfully creating your account, click on “apply” and follow a quick and easy online application process as below;

  1. Click on the Apply tab.
  2. Your ID number, Name, Surname, Cell number and email address will be pre-populated. This information is taken from your profile registration. Fill in the rest of the required fields.
  3. Once your application is submitted an Application Reference Number is sent to your email and cellphone.
  4. Upload the relevant documents.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions by ticking the box and click submit.
  6. Once you have successfully submitted your application you will be able
    to track your application status!

NSFA Application form for new Nsfas applicants.

You can also visit your nearest NYDA Centre in your region, where you will be assisted to complete and submit a manual application.

You need to have certified copies of supporting documents ready before you start the manual application process.

Once you have applied to Nsfas, you should wait no longer than a week to have your application acknowledged.

If you do not receive acknowledgment of your application, you are requested to call the Toll Free Nsfas call centre (08000 673 27).

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