The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government bursary that is available to underprivileged South African students who are looking to study at a public university or TVET College. They provide funding for registration, tuition and allowances, these allowances cover transport, living expenses and learning materials.
When applying to NSFAS they need students to upload supporting documents in order to approve them for funding and the bursary will often withhold any allowances unless all the necessary documents have been submitted and approved.
How to track your myNSFAS application status:
- Log in to the NSFAS account on the myNSFAS student portal here
- Enter your username and password and sign in
- Click on Track Funding Progress
How do you check if NSFAS has funded you?
In order to access your application status:
- Click on Track Funding Progress.
Once you have followed these three easy steps, you will be able to see whether you are funded or not. It may take some time for your application to be successful so please be patient.
How To Upload Documents
- Go to my.nsfas.org.za and log in using your details.
- Click on the option to ‘upload outstanding supporting documents’
- Then click on the tab ‘Submit Documents’
Once you have done this then you will receive a notification saying that ‘Outstanding application documents submitted successfully uploaded’.
If you did upload the documents but there was a problem the most common issue is that the documents are not clear. If you have a problem taking photos with your cellphone you can go to an NSFAS or an NYDA office and they will assist you. If there is not an NSFAS or NYDA office near you, and you have applied to a college or varsity then ask their fees office to assist you.
NSFAS Funded students will receive the following:
- Once off-book allowance for textbooks and other learning materials
- Meal allowance
- Travel allowance for students staying at home
- Accommodation allowance
The requirements to be funded by NSFAS are as follows:
- Must be a South African citizen
- Must be accepted or applying to a Public South African University
- SASSA grant beneficiaries are immediately accepted
- Household income must come to below R350 000 per year
- People with disabilities need to have a household income that comes to below R600 000 per year
NSFAS applications usually open in August or September every year for University students.
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