NSFAS Extends Deadline For 2022 Applications

NSFAS has extended applications for the 2022 funding period. This will give applicants who missed the previous deadline more time to submit their applications.



Applicants now have until 21 January 2022 to submit their applications and all required documents. The announcement of the extension has been met with much relief from applicants who had trouble submitting their applications before the previous deadline.

NSFAS said the decision to extend the deadline from the initial date of 7 January to 21 January followed various meetings with stakeholders. To date, NSFAS has received more than 600 000 applications since opening applications on 2 November 2021. 

Of the applications received, at least 505 820 were first time applicants, intending to pursue their higher education at one of the country's 26 public universities or 50 TVET colleges. 

NSFAS has encouraged students in need of funding to apply before applications close. 

"Potential applicants are urged to make use of the opportunity as there will be no further extension on the application date" 

In order to qualify for NSFAS, applicants must…

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Be registered at any public university for the 2021 academic year. 
  • Have a combined household income of less than R350 000 per annum. 
  • Have a combined household income of less than R600 000 per annum for people living with disabilities. 
  • SASSA grant recipients automatically qualify based on their financial eligibility. This does however exclude R350 grant beneficiaries. 
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Have your own valid cell phone number

All applicants will be required to submit supporting documents when submitting their applications online. Below are the supporting documents that need to submitted.

All applicants must submit:

  • Copy of your ID
  • Must have consent from parent(s), guardian or spouse to submit their personal information for validation and verification. Once you accept the application terms and conditions, you confirm that you have received consent from all relevant parties.

If the applicant is dependent on their parents/guardian/spouse, they must provide:

  • ID copies of parent(s), guardian or spouse
  • Proof of income (payslip/UIF letter/appointment letter/recruitment letter) of parent(s), guardian or spouse where applicable

If the applicant has a disability, they must provide:

  • A completed Disability Annexure A (if their information is not pre-populated on the online application form)

If you are a SASSA grant recipient then no proof of income is required. 

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online on the NSFAS website. 

CLICK HERE to find out how to apply for NSFAS.

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