NSFAS 2022 Applications Will Be Opening Soon

The wait is almost over, as applications for NSFAS funding will be opening soon. Minister Blade Nzimande held a media briefing on Thursday morning to reveal when students can start applying. 



Applications will be opening on Tuesday 2 November 2021 until 7 January 2022. Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said the delayed opening of applications is due to NSFAS developing a new application system. 

The new application system will let applicants receive feedback in real time. This means, applicants can receive immediate feedback after submitting their applications. However, Nzimande said the waiting time might differ for some applicants who might have to wait for 48 hours and more in some instances.

While acknowledging that this year's application window will be running later than the usual September to November application window, Nzimande has reassured applicants that they will not be disadvantaged. 

“I’m aware that there’s been some concern about the perceived late opening of applications this year. However, I’d like to reassure everyone and the country as a whole that this will in no way disadvantage those who seek NSFAS for support for their post-school studies” he said. 

Hopeful applicants are reminded to make sure that they meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding by NSFAS. 

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.

NSFAS has urged students to apply for admission at institutions of their choice before the closing dates approach.

"While waiting for the NSFAS 2022 applications to open, we encourage prospective applicants without university or TVET college admissions to apply for 2022 admission at institutions of their choice before they close. Keep checking our platforms for all 2022 application updates."

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