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2021 NSFAS Applications: How to apply

by Staff Reporter

The 2021 NSFAS applications are officially open! If you are looking to study at a South African University or TVET College in 2021 and require financial assistance, then this could definitely be an option for you. 

NSFAS funding comes in the form of a bursary and is only payable once you have a secured job after you finish your studies. It will cover the entire duration of your studies as long as pass the modules and complete the academic requirements.

Application Dates

  • Opening date: 1st August 2020
  • Closing date: 30th November 2020

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 will the funding cover

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

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

Other required documents if applicable:

  • Retrenchment letter
  • Death certificate/s
  • Divorce decree

* Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, none of the documents are to required to be certified.

How do I apply

  • Follow this link here
  • 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

If you still have further questions, please visit the NSFAS FAQ for more information here.

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