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.
Applications are open from August – November online at the NSFAS website or through your NYDA office.  NSFAS also has a second semester application period for TVET Colleges only, apply through your college.

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.

 

102 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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  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    Hi There How Long Does Nsfas Takes To Respond When I Appliyed On May 2018 And Please I dont Know I Want 2 Do Nursing Is Nfsas Going To Help.Can U Please Send The Answers To My Emai nthabiseng kate@gmail.com

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Kate, NSFAS are not open for applications now. You can apply in August-November to study in 2019. NSFAS will fund for nursing as long as you can get an offer for a place at a tertiary institute. If you send me your matric results I can offer you some advice. Kath

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I have just heard that NSFAS are working with TVET colleges to provide funding for second semester applications. If you are applying to a TVET then they can help you with the funding application. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Thembile, There are three possible answers. 1. If you did not register and sign a SOP (agreement) with NSFAS then you cannot continue this year. You can apply for your course and for NSFAS again to study in 2019. 2. If you did register and sign a SOP but you did not study and withdrew then you can check with NSFAS for whether they are going to fund you for second semester. 3. If you did register and sign a SOP but you did NOT withdraw then NSFAS has paid your semester fees but you have failed (as you didn’t withdraw). In this case you will loose your funding. I hope it isn’t this one. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, NSFAS are not opening for second semester this year. They have already received all the applications they can manage for this year. Sorry for the bad news. Kath

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I have just heard that NSFAS are working with TVET colleges to provide second semester funding. If you are applying to a TVET they can help you with the funding application. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, NSFAS assess your family income and also your needs. If your family can’t pay for anything then NSFAS may cover all your costs including Res or living expenses (if you are not in Res). Kath

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  7. Anastacia
    Anastacia says:

    Hy there i want to study IT ,what are requirements if my parents are dead i dont have anyone. And how long does it take to be answered.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply for funding when NSFAS opens in September this year. You can apply for your I.T. course now. NSFAS should reply that they have your application within a few days. However, processing your application can take much longer. It is a good idea to set some money aside for costs that you will have whilst waiting for NSFAS to resolve your application. The earlier you apply for NSFAS the quicker you will hear from them. You will need death certificates for both your parents. Kath

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I have just found out that NSFAS are working with TVET colleges for second semester funding. The college can help you with the application. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, It is perfectly safe to apply online and NSFAS are more likely to respond quickly to an online application than a paper application. I think they are opening in September. Kath

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  8. lerato
    lerato says:

    hi,im lerato i passed matric last year with diploma and i dont have parents i want to study mechanical engineering,i want to apply for nsfas how do i do it?

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  9. Sammy
    Sammy says:

    Hi …i am wanting to apply for funding to study at tertiary institution in 2019 . I am currently in grade 12 and heard about this organisation through a friend. I am not sure how to go about making application…would you please advise me further…Thanking you in advance…Sammy

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  10. Zinhle Ngwenya
    Zinhle Ngwenya says:

    Hey.
    I need to apply for nsfas. I failed to apply last year a lot of things in my head and the application was not easy. I will like to ask if I may download an nsfas application form, complete it, scan it and send it to the nsfas email. If that can be possible I will like you to give me the exact email to send my application to.
    Looking forward to hear from you
    Please email me all I’ve asked to zinhle99ngwenya@gmail.com

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You cannot apply via email. The online application is difficult. You can get help at an NYDA office or TVET college (if you are going to attend the TVET). Kath

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  11. nthatisi minah
    nthatisi minah says:

    Hey kath my i live with my mum who is earning a little nd my granny who is a pernsioner will nsfas help me

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If your family income is under R320 000 per year then NSFAS will help you. You can apply from September to study next year. You can also apply for second semester at TVET or University of Technology but they are closing today. All the best, Kath

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  12. Aphelele
    Aphelele says:

    Ive applied in 2016 firstly for 2017 and ive been taken by nsfas (provisionally funded) and the next thing i wasn’t given my allowances by nsfas and i called them and they said i should wait for my Laf form and i keep on calling them until the year end ,and sadly it ddint come to my mind that i should apply for nsfas for 2018 because i was already taken ,and i called them at the beginning of 2018 during registration time to check my status and they said my account have been closed because i ddnt sign that form and my funds have been taken back by nsfas and there’s no way i could get nsfas because it was already closed for applications. So i want to know who’s fault it is and what should i do?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Aphele, If the course you were hoping to study is at a TVET or University of Technology for second semester, you can still register today and apply for NSFAS. Today is the last day though. In terms of fault, I don’t think it can help you to know that I think it’s NSFAS’s fault. That isn’t going to turn into money for you. NSAFAS have an appeals process but it doesn’t help for cases like yours. Sorry Aphele. Kath

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  13. Calvin Rheeder
    Calvin Rheeder says:

    Hi there. I would want to apply for a bursary to study architectural technology at Tswane University of Technology. I still live with my parents but they are not going to pay for my studies even though their salary is more than R350 000 annually.
    I am currently working at an architecture firm and would like to fill in my own details and salary for the bursary seeing that my salary is less than 350 000 annually. Will this be possible?

    Thank you for your time.

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  14. Debra
    Debra says:

    Hi. I made a mistake and applied as a postgraduate. I wanted to apply for 2019, how do i delete my profile. When are the applications for 2019 opening?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Applications are opening in September. I think you will find that NSFAS delete your profile for you and you will start fresh with the application. Kath

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  15. Amahle
    Amahle says:

    hey Kath I am Amahle
    I don’t have a father he left me at a very young age.my mother works for the Government and she is a single parent with 3 children including myself.so my question is..is it possible that NSFAS will accept my application and help me while i study?since my mother is working for the Government

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Amahle, If your family income is under R320 000/ year, before deductions, then you can get assistance from NSFAS. All the best, Kath

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  16. ntuthu
    ntuthu says:

    Hi kath
    Can nsfas fund me if i want to study medicine for 2019. I have already applied at the university and awaiting response

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  17. Tebogo
    Tebogo says:

    Hi .. I applied for nsfas last year … Buh now when i check my status it says “Provisionally funded” what do i do from there?? Im confused

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, That means that you will have the funding as long as you are registered at a tertiary institute. Go to the financial office at your institute and make sure that they know you applied for NSFAS and have notified NSFAS that you registered. If your institute has done this paperwork from their side, then you need to call NSFAS. All the best, Kath

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  18. Sneh
    Sneh says:

    Hi kath
    I am a second year student and I currently have no funding. I been applying but been denied funding 3 times yet I am a deserving student. If my application for 2019 becomes approved, will nsfas settle my 2018 debt??

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sinethemba, Unfortunately NSFAS will not settle your 2017 debt. If you are approved, it is only for your 2019 costs. At many institutes, this means that you will not be allowed to graduate until your debt is paid. If you have a reference number from your 2018 NSFAS application, you should go to the website and see if your SOP/ LAF is ready to sign: http://www.nsfas.org.za/content/signyourlafsop.html You can also go to the financial office at your institute to discuss a plan for paying off your 2017 debt. Your institute will be less likely to refuse you graduation if you are actively working to pay off your debt. All the best, Kath

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  19. Anny
    Anny says:

    Hi, I have been funded for the past two years and last year I failed a module. When I wanted to apply they said those that were funded in 2017 need not apply again for 2018 because we would be automatically funded. I haven’t received funds or a form to sign, what should I do?

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  20. Sipho NS
    Sipho NS says:

    Hey Kath. I’m Sipho (4th yr undergrad)
    Really appreciate what u doing do us here. My application got rejected (50% progression requirement not met) and I’d like to appeal but I have never consulted a professional about the distresses I’ve had. How could one possibly appeal successfully?
    Thanks.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sipho, Your institute should have free or low fee counselling services. I suggest you make an appointment and get an assessment that you can use to appeal the decision. Please also be aware that there is a time limit on the appeal process. You lodge your appeal at the financial aid office at your institute. All these services will be open now, even during semester break. I hope you can sort it out. Kath

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  21. Amber
    Amber says:

    Hi, I am a first year student at UNISA and work to pay my rent and studies etc, I no don’t live with my parents as I don’t have any legal parents or guardians, I rent by someone and I am struggling financially, will I be able to apply for a nsfas study loan for funding for 2019, and will I then still need a consent form etc from “parents”. Please kindly assist.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes you can apply to NSFAS. If you don’t have any parents you can provide a death certificate or a letter from a social worker or church pastor (if you belong to a church). They will then use your income for the assessment. All the best, Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes you can apply to NSFAS using your income only. You will need to provide proof that you have no parents – death certificate or a letter from a social worker or church pastor who knows you well. The letter must be on letterhead with contact details. You can also phone NSFAS and check. All the best, Kath

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  22. neo motshoni
    neo motshoni says:

    Hey Kath….mom is blacklised and unemployed so is it safe to apply?again does it fund accommodation and transport aswell for TVET college learners?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, NSFAS assess all your study costs including fees, accommodation, transport, living costs and stationery. TVET college learners are included. Your mom’s income (nothing) will be used for the assessment and also your dad’s. If you don’t know your dad or he is deceased you will need to provide proof of this. All the best, Kath

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  23. Mabotle
    Mabotle says:

    Hi my name is Mabotle, I applied for nsfas last year January on the 16th of june this year, I received a call saying that I should sign the laf, but my application is not found, I keep getting one time pins which I did not request, today I received a message saying that my contact details have been changed.

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  24. Zanabunity
    Zanabunity says:

    Hi Kath
    I’m asking if it possible to have one more bursary while being funded by NSFAS, will it continue funding you or it will eventually withdraw?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi,

      Yes you can have NSFAS and a bursary, just let both parties know. If they both pay your fees then your fee account will be in credit and the money will be paid back to NSFAS at the end of the academic year. Lots of bursaries don’t cover everything and that’s where NSFAS can help with other expenses. All the best, Kath

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  25. Aneswa Bam
    Aneswa Bam says:

    Hi I am Aneswa, I’m doing my grade 12 this year. How can I apply for nsfas and nsfas will be open when? Please contact me via email because I can’t remember how I got to this page.

    Thank you

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply for NSFAS online or at the NYDA office or at a TVET college, if you are going to go to a TVET college. Applications open in August/ September. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  26. Nonkululeko
    Nonkululeko says:

    Hi kath iwant to apply for nsfas.im the only one who is working at home, m staying with my aunt and her children my mother passed away 2006.when i apply does my aunt have to write the affidavit that shes not wprking shz getting the grant for the kids?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, All adults in the household have to provide IDs and proof of income so yes… she should write the affidavit. Kath

      Reply
  27. Lindobuhle Ntshangase
    Lindobuhle Ntshangase says:

    I applied for nsfas last year and got a reference number for 2018
    But i didnt go to school this year
    But next year I want to go to school
    Should I apply again even if I got a reference number last year ?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Did you apply via the website or do a paper application at a NYDA office? If you applied online then you created a user name and password at that time. Select “already registered” and put in your user name and password. If you have forgotten your password, click “forgot password”. If you applied via NYDA then you will need to create a user name and password. There are lots of rules about the types of usernames and passwords they will take. If you read the blog these comments are attached to, it will help guide you. All the best, Kath

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