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Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

NSFAS offers funding to students who cannot afford to pay their fees. What many students misunderstand is that your marks are not a qualification for a NSFAS bursary. Your marks are important for you to earn entrance into an institution but to be selected for funding, the qualifications relate to your SASSA status or to your household income. 

NSFAS funds 42% of the university population, and 70% of TVET college students. NSFAS does not fund private institutions. 


Here are the qualifications for NSAFS funding: 

How to claim a refund from NSFAS?

If you have a refund due, you are probably wondering how you can claim back your money. 


To do so, you will need to complete a refund form. You must have the form stamped at the bank and have a valid bank account which is registered under your ID number. Email the form to [email protected] The refund will be paid within 21 days of the verified refund form being received. 

You can also submit your queries through NSFAS Chat. 

How does NSFAS make sure that students pay back the loan?

When students are accepted for funding, students sign a legal contract that has a focus on the loan. NSFAS also works with organisations such as SARS to find out the NSFAS beneficiaries who are employed and earning more than R30 000 per year. 


When paying NSFAS, all deposits and transfers need to be into the NSFAS bank account using your ID number as your reference number. For more information about ways to make payments, you can email [email protected] 

FAQ: NSFAS Repayments

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. 


How much time do students have to pay back the NSFAS loan?

FAQ: NSFAS Applications and Appeals


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. 


I have applied for funding and I have an application number but I haven't received feedback.

Ways to Repay your NSFAS Loans

In December 2017, the President announced that NSFAS will offer bursaries as a form of free education rather than loans that need to be paid back. Students who received a NSFAS loan before the president's address need to repay the loaned amount as per the agreement form that was signed. If you only started being funded by NSFAS in 2018, there is no need to pay back any money as you received a bursary. 


How to create an email address and a myNSFAS account

How to create an email address

1. Open your internet browser and search for free email sites. Some examples include: Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud. 

2. Select your email site of choice and choose 'create an account' since you do not have any log in details yet. 

3. Set up your account following what steps the site needs you to follow. The most common information you will need to input is your first and last names and your date of birth. 

FAQ: NSFAS Funding

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. 


Does NSFAS pay the registration costs for first year, and for returning students? 

Registration costs are covered by NSFAS and are usually the first payment towards your tutions. The university or TVET college will not expect the student to pay the registration fees upfront. 




Latest Bursaries

South African Bulk Terminals (Pty) Ltd (SABT), a major business unit within Bidvest Freight, the freight management arm of the Bidvest Group, invites qualifying unemployed learners to apply for bursaries for the 2021 academic year.


Pyrotechnical Marketing (Pty) Ltd endeavours to contribute to the growth and fulfilment of the youth in South Africa in as many ways as possible and hence intends to award bursary opportunities.

Fields of study covered by the bursary:

SIOC-cdt will be awarding bursaries within the following fields of study:

The Foschini Group (TFG) is offering a bursary to students. 

Calling all 2021 3rd Year and Honours Students to apply for the TFG Bursary for Commerce, IT & Analytics related studies.

Dube TradePort’s Bursary Scheme is offering once off bursaries to students who are residents of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and interested in pursuing a tertiary qualification. 

Bursaries will be awarded to students studying the following disciplines:


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