How to Apply for NSFAS

Contact NSFAS:  Facebook message    Tel No.: 0860 067 327   Email: info@nsfas.org.za

Recently a young person contacted me saying “Can you help me apply for NSFAS?  Make it simple.  What do I need to do?” I responded:

Applying for NSFAS is not simple!

It’s best to be up front about that.  However, there are some things you can do to make it less painful.

How to Apply for NSFAS Online

1. Open an email account.  Make sure you save your user name and password in a safe place.  Your phone is not a safe place.

2. Download the consent form 

3. Print the consent form and fill it out.  Parents must sign.
4. Make a copy of your ID and the ID of parents and the ID of all persons living with you (or death certificate if parent is deceased)
5. Get a recent pay advice letter or salary slip or affidavit if unemployed or copy of SASSA card for each parent
6. Scan all paperwork and save in your email account or on a flash drive
7. You are now ready to apply online.  Go to www.nsfas.org.za   Do not apply via paper application.  NSFAS has a limited budget.  They do get more applications than they can fund.  They process online applications before paper applications.
8. You will need to register.  Make sure you write down the username and password you use so that you can check your status later.
9. Your name can be your username as long as no one else has the same name
10.  Your password must contain UPPER CASE LETTERS, lower case letters, numbers1234567890 and a special character !@#$%^&*()  And it must be at least 8 characters long.  Examples: SiyaG291! deWet98$  fun@Sun9
11. Once you are registered you can just follow the instructions on the NSFAS page.  Sometimes it takes a while for NSFAS to process your registration so you might need to come back another day.  Sometimes the website doesn’t work.
12. You need to be patient.  🙂  Breath in, breath out.  If it doesn’t work one day, try again another day.

If You Have Problems…

Contact NSFAS Share Call: 0860 067372 / info@nsfas.org.za /NSFAS website

Go to your nearest NYDA office for help.  If you are applying for a TVET College, you can also get assistance there.

Want to know more about NSFAS applications?  Read this blog.

 

28 replies
  1. Rotondwa
    Rotondwa says:

    Nsfas fund me this year bt i did not proceed registrations because i was qualify for second option now am upgrading so can i still apply for it to help me after upgrading ?

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  2. Rotondwa
    Rotondwa says:

    Can bursary fund me when am doibg extended program to become engineer at university? And can i apply now for extended programe?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, all universities are closed for applications now. You can get NSFAS for an extended program. You will be able to apply for 2019. Applications open around April for tertiary and in September for NSFAS. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes you can get NSFAS for an extended degree program. You can apply for 2019 tertiary places from April this year. You can apply for NSFAS from September this year. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes an upgraded certificate is considered the same as a one-off writing certificate. You need to apply for your results to be combined at the Department of Education. You use your new combined certificate with your application. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes NSFAS may fund you if you can find a tertiary course you are eligible for. Look at TVET colleges. All the best, Kath

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  3. Lindiwe
    Lindiwe says:

    Hey my name is Lindiwe from pta I wanna be a pilot I have grade 11 so is it possible to get a bursary fund with grade 11??

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  4. rotanganedzwa
    rotanganedzwa says:

    I GOT THIS MESSAGE( Your application could not be processed due to missing Certified Applicant Identity document. Please submit the missing documentation online within 2 working days.
    Please note that failure to submit within the set time may result in your application being rejected.
    For further information please contact 0860 067 327)BUT I SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED THINGS AND WAS CERTIFIED AND I SEE THIS MESSAGE LATER I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NOW BECAUSE I CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY FEES

    I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF I STILL HAVE A CHANCE.AND HOW CAN I DO THAT

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I would say you still have a chance. I suggest you go online and submit the ID document again. May be it didn’t attach properly the first time. Also certification has to be less than 3 months old. May be your certification was too old? I also suggest you PHONE NSFAS. Their number is on the message. All the best, Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Lindani, I’m not sure what you are asking. Are you after the Funza Lushaka bursary for teaching?www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/application/application.jsp If you are asking something else, please send me an email and I’ll try and help you: kathsaili@gmail.com Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As far as I’m aware, NSFAS are not taking second semester applications however you can phone them to check. They might have an arrangement with TVET Colleges for learners starting second semester. You could probably also phone your nearest TVET College and ask. Kath

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  5. Gontse
    Gontse says:

    Hi I’m Gontse Kgahle I took a gap year this year so early January I tried to register for nsfas it gave me a one time pin so I took long to enter it as it gave me problems
    So I wanted to ask that if I register again in August will it give me problems again?

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