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What is a Nsfas bursary ?

South African students from families who earn less than R 350 000 per year (total household income) can get a Nsfas (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) bursary to study at Universities and TVET colleges. 

 The NSFAS bursary covers your registration and tuition fees, books accommodation on and off campus (see page : how to find accomodation) and meals on some campus. Note that the amount paid for books and accomodation is limited.  


You must apply online before November 30 of the previous year of studies.

link : https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html

You do not need to wait for the result of your Universisty application. Even if you have not been admitted with your Grade 11 results, you MUST apply for Nsfas, in case you are admitted in January, with your Grade 12 results.

You must apply online and only once for all Universities or TVET colleges. 

Before applying, you need those documents - certified copies (at the police station). Income slips cannot be older than 3 months !

·         Your South African identity document/card or, an unabridged birth certificate
·         IDs of parents and/or guardian (or death certificate where applicable)
·         IDs of each person living with you in your home
·         Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice (not older than three months)
·         consent from to fill it in with your parent/guardian's (to download from Nsfas website). it must be signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application.
.         If you have a disability, you need to download a form (disability annexure A)
.         If you are an orphan, you need also to complete a form.

How will I know if my loan  has been approved ?

If your family receive child supports grants or disability grants administered through SASSA, you will automatically get the bursary.

If your family does not receive grants, your application will be assesed to see if you are eligible. 

You should  get a sms or email from Nsfas in January once your admission at University has been approved

You can  check on Nsfas website (or UJ website – click on Study at UJ /Apply:check your status/check your Nsfas status) or call Nsfas directly.

If your Nsfas bursary has not been approved, you can launch an appeal.
Once your loan has been approved, you need to sign online a contract with Nsfas.
If you have received a partial bursary  (for instance which covers only your student fee), Nsfas might cover other expenses (e.g. –accommodation).

Will I get a Nsfas bursary every year ?

To keep the bursary, you will need  to meet and maintains certain academic conditions. You must :
 -Pass at least 50 % of your subjects in the first year of student.

You can only repeat one year during your diploma or degree.

-  In second year, you must do  a minimum of 10 days (80 hours) of community service or special project work, of the student’s own choosing from a wide range of possibilities, the purpose of which is to inculcate a culture of giving back and working towards the betterment of our country.

- You must work in RSA for at least the number of years you have been funded. If you leave before, you must pay back your bursary (except if you go abroad to study, and come back after to RSA)

It is not always possible to get a Nsfas loan for the 4th year of studies after a diploma, called Btech. Check the list here : http://nsfas.org.za/content/postgraduate.html

NSFAS does not pay for Honors and Masters studies.