Since its inception on August 3, 2020, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had received more than 160 536 applications by August 31. During the first month, NSFAS received over 5000 applications each day on average, with the number reaching 6000 in the final days of August. Over 188 733 applications have been submitted to date.
Due to the recent economic suffocation caused by Covid-19, NSFAS expects a significant volume of applications in the run-up to the deadline. Applications are now being accepted from students in grades 9 to 12 and out-of-school youngsters who want to continue their education at any public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or university in the country.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible before the deadline of November 30, 2020. Applications are filed online using a smartphone, a personal computer, or through NSFAS partner application centers.
By developing and maintaining stakeholder partnerships, NSFAS continues to provide easy access, reachability, and free access to information. These collaborations create tailored connections between an applicant and NSFAS throughout the application process and afterwards.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) continues to play an important role in supporting applicants in using its facilities as free application centers.
NYDA has locations in nine provinces that provide a wide range of services to students and out-of-school adolescents. From September 14, 2020, during regular business hours, the NYDA centers will be fully functioning and accessible as NSFAS application centers.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) continues to encourage applicants who use its facilities as free application centers.
NYDA has offices in nine provinces that offer a variety of services to students and out-of-school youth. The NYDA centers will be fully operational and available as NSFAS application centers beginning September 14, 2020, during regular business hours.
The myNSFAS platform is used to submit applications. To register and create a profile on the myNSFAS portal, new applicants will require a copy of their ID card or birth certificate. Applicants who already have accounts must log in; you are only permitted to create one profile.
Documents needed to support up your claim:
- Applicants ID document/card or birth certificate
- ID of parents/ guardian/ spouse (or death certificate where applicable)
- Applicants proof of income (if applicable and should not be older than 3 months)
- Parents/ guardian/ spouse pay advice/ letter of employment/ pension advice stating income (if applicable and should not be older than 3 months.
- Vulnerable children must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form.
- Applicants with a disability must provide a Disability Annexure A Form (Downloadable on the website)
- SASSA slips are not required and SASSA should not be included as a household income.
If you have any questions about this bursary program, please contact NSFAS directly for answers to the following questions for a smooth application:
Tel No.: 08000 67327