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NSFAS

 

NSFAS is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which is a government loan and bursary fund for students through the NSFAS fundingNSFAS application and registration opens in the later part of the year for students with the NSFAS closing date usually being in the next calendar year.

NSFAS gives bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds which goes beyond just paying for your fees. They’ll also pay for your registration, accommodation, transport, books through NSFAS allowances.

So what are the NSFAS requirements?

The most important requirement is that your household income should come to R350 000 or less per year. This means that if you add up everyone’s salaries in your house for the year and it comes to over R350 000, you won’t qualify.

Usually, students and future students will submit their NSFAS online application for a NSFAS bursary using myNSFAS

Bursaries Portal has everything you need to know about NSFAS, NSFAS applications and NSFAS allowances.

The government has not said anything to NSFAS about writing off any outstanding loans that need a repayment. When NSFAS changed the funding from loans to bursaries, the understanding was that the change was effective from the academic year of 2018.

These questions and answers mostly apply to students who applied for NSFAS funding before December of 2017. This means a student applied for funding when NSFAS offered loans before the move to free education, after which NSFAS offered bursaries which don't need to be paid back. 

Applications

When will I know if I've been accepted? 

Application results will be released after the institutions confirm with NSFAS that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to students before the start of the year. 

If you want to know whether you've been funded by Nsfas, we’re here to help you figure out how to check and track your application status online.

How to check NSFAS status online

Creating an email address and your NSFAS account are very important steps in starting the registration and application process. To learn how to do both of these, keep reading! 

 

How to create an email address

There are many frequently asked questions about funding and how your funding will be affected in different situations and scenarios. Here are a few of the common questions. 

 

There are many documents that you need to submit when applying for funding and it is sometimes confusing. Here is a breakdown of what documents you need to submit given based on what situation you are in. 

What if I don't have a cellphone?

As a returnin student, you may be wondering if you will need to pay the registration fee for your university. An arrangement has been made with universities to allow students to register. The registration/upfront fee will be covered by your NSFAS package. 

 

These are the steps you need to follow in order to obtain an NSFAS bursary, which includes how to sign your agreement. Any student who has been approved for funding will not receive any money until they sign the agreement. 

 

1. Apply for Funding 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges were established by the government to respond the skills shortage in the country. TVET colleges qualify students with vocational and occupational skills in order to find employment in South Africa. 

It is very important to upload all the supporting documents needed before NSFAS can approve your application for funding. Below are some details on how you can upload these documents. 

 

During the current nationwide lockdown, the NSFAS offices are closed. Applicants who have questions to be answered may be wondering how they will be able to contact NSFAS to have them answered. NSFAS has opened some channels to allow applicants to contact them.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, better known as NSFAS, offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. They cover funding for registration, tuition and allowances.  

NSFAS-Funded students who qualify to receive allowances directly from NSFAS will receive cash funds in their NSFAS Wallets. If you have been wondering how you can check your balance in your NSFAS Wallet, keep reading to find out. 

If you’re not sure what your NSFAS application status means and need more information, we can help you.

Understanding what you’re reading when you’re checking your NSFAS application status is of utmost importance. Here’s what your NSFAS application status means.

Should you have been funded by NSFAS when it was in the form of a loan scheme and you're now looking to repay your loan, here are the ways in which you can do so. NSFAS provides funding for higher education studies to South African students.

Are you interested in applying for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, however you are unsure if you qualify for the bursary since you were previously funded by NSFAS. Well, keep on reading to find out more.

If you have applied to NSFAS and were asked to complete a consent form so that your application is completed, keep reading to find out how to gain access to it. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, better known as NSFAS, offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. They cover funding for registration, tuition and allowances. Keep reading if you have a job and want to know if you will qualify.

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