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You Can Now Apply For NSFAS At NYDA Centres

Those seeking funding for their higher education can now apply for NSFAS funding in 2021 at National Youth Development Agency centres across South Africa. NSFAS applications for 2021 are now open and will close on 30 November 2020.

NSFAS gives eligible students the opportunity to access free government funding should they meet the criteria.

NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, said NSFAS continuously provides easy access, reachability, and free access to information by forging and retaining relationships with stakeholder partnerships.

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This Is What Your NSFAS Application Status Means

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.

Application Submitted

Your application has been loaded on to the NSFAS system successfully.

Filtering

The system checks if you are a returning student and whether you have any previous qualifications.

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How NSFAS Applications Work For People With Disabilities

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers bursaries to eligible students with disabilities. Their bursaries cover any level of tertiary education, such as first undergraduate degrees or diploma at any of South Africa’s 23 public universities.

The bursary for disabled students covers tuition, books, accommodation including meals, and an assistive device - such as a wheelchair, Zoom Text software or a Jaws Reader, computer, or any device recommended by a doctor.

What do you need to know?

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If I Transfer To Another Institution, Will NSFAS Still Fund Me?

A question that's often asked is: will NSFAS still fund me if I move to another University/TVET College? Well, we have the answer for you. NSFAS applications for 2021 are now open and will close on 30 November 2020. 

The answer to this question is: yes, NSFAS will continue funding you.

This question deals with the N+ rule NSFAS has in place. Before NSFAS was changed from a loan scheme to a bursary, the rule was 'N+2' and after the change which came into action in 2018, it was changed to the 'N+1' rule.

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Does NSFAS Fund Multiple People In A Household?

NSFAS applications are currently open. Have you ever wondered if NSFAS will fund more than just one child per parent or in a household or just more than one person in your household at a time? Well, we have the answer to that question along with lots of other information.

NSFAS applications are now open. Should you be in a household where you're not the only one needing funding from NSFAS, it's then good for you to know that NSFAS will fund more than person in the household should they apply and meet the requirements.

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NSFAS Has No Age Limit For Applicants

You might be on your 20s or 30s when you decide that you want to pursue your very first degree. You do however have one problem, you can't afford it by yourself. 

Good news! No matter what your age is, if you meet the requirements, you can get funded by NSFAS. 

The NSFAS requirements are as follows: 

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How To Track Your NSFAS Application

Once you’ve finished your NSFAS application, you’ll probably want to know if things are going right or wrong. We’re here to help you figure out how to track your application.

NSFAS uses the MYNSFAS student Portal to update applicants about their application status. The application status can be used as a guide to track your application. 

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Will NSFAS Continue Funding Me If I Take A Gap Year?

We are here to answer all your NSFAS questions. If you find yourself wondering whether NSFAS will still fund you even if you took a year or two off and they funded you before, we have an answer for you. Don't forget that NSFAS applications are now open.

During a webinar with Careers Portal Live, NSFAS answered this question and said that gap year students, whether that be before you start your qualification or during, will still be funded by NSFAS if they were approved before and qualify.

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How To Unlock Your NSFAS Wallet

NSFAS-Funded students who qualify to receive allowances directly from NSFAS will receive cash funds in their NSFAS Wallets. If your NSFAS Wallet is locked, no worries. Here's why and how to unlock it. 

Your NSFAS Wallet will allow you to withdraw cash or spend at any merchant registered by NSFAS. Allowance amounts are determined through consultation with institutions, communicated to NSFAS when you register.

Are you trying to access your allowances but you are getting a message that your account is locked? Here's why. 

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Does NSFAS Fund Postgrad Students?

NSFAS funds many undergraduate students, but what happens once you have your undergraduate qualification? Does NSFAS still lend a helping hand if you decide to do your postgraduate studies? 

NSFAS does offer funding to postgraduate students, but only for selected courses. If the postgrad qualification is a professional requirement for employment, then it will be funded. 

Only the following postgrad qualifications are funded by NSFAS:

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Latest Bursaries

Students awarded a bursary by SUBTROP will be required to work for SUBTROP for a period of one year for each year that the bursary is awarded, provided that a position is available.

This bursary is awarded to a first year student who has excelled in sport during his/her time at high school. The main focus is on his/her matric year.

Macadamias South Africa NPC (better known as SAMAC) is inviting students to apply for bursaries.

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