NSFAS 2022 Applications Are Now Open

The wait is finally over. NSFAS has officially opened applications for the 2022 academic year. Here's what you need to know before applying. 



Applications opened on Tuesday 2 November 2021 and will be closing on 7 January 2022.

In order to make the application process run smoothly, NSFAS has developed a new application process that will allow applicants to receive their application outcomes instantly.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande explained that in some instances, applicants could receive their outcomes in 48 hours or more, depending on the information submitted. 

Applicants will need to supply the following documents in order to apply for NSFAS:

  • Copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide latest payslip not older 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
  • Person with disabilities: will be required to complete the Disability Annexure A form.

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients 
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

Applicants who are unable to complete their applications alone can visit a National Youth Development Agency Centre, a Thusong Centre or a NSFAS application partner centre, where they will be assisted by a NSFAS representative.

Click here to apply online for a NSFAS bursary 

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