NSFAS provides funding to University students that extends beyond just your fees. Not sure if NSFAS funds the University you’re at or plan to go to? Well, now you can find out. Read further.
You need to apply or be studying at a public university to qualify for financial assistance. Students who intend to study at private institutions will not be assisted by NSFAS.
NSFAS provides funding to vulnerable students who cannot afford to pay their own fees and have a annual household income of less than R350 000. NSFAS funding extends further than just paying your tuition fees. It also covers books, accommodation, transport and there are other benefits as well.
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NSFAS funds students at the following Universities:
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Central University of Technology
- University of Kwazulu-Natal
- University of Limpopo
- Durban University of Technology
- University of Mpumalanga
- Nelson Mandela University
- University of Pretoria
- Mangosuthu University of Technology
- University of South Africa
- North West University
- Stellenbosch University
- Rhodes University
- University of the Free State
- Sefako Makgatho University
- University of the Western Cape
- Sol Plaatje University
- University of the Witwatersrand
- Tshwane University of Technology
- University of Venda
- University of Cape Town
- University of Zululand
- University of Fort Hare
- Vaal University of Technology
- University of Johannesburg
- Walter Sisulu University
If you’re a Unisa student, yes you can get funded but your funding would work differently. You would not get all the allowances students at contact universities get because University is basically online. Unisa students only get their tuition fees paid and a learning materials allowance for books or devices. Unisa students who are registered for ten modules or more are also allocated an incidental allowance.
Qualifying and getting funded by NSFAS means nothing if you are not registered to a University or TVET College.
You are also encouraged to apply to NSFAS as soon as you can as the demand for funding is expected to grow due to the effects Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on employment and finances.
NSFAS applications for 2021 are now open. NSFAS does not accept emailed or posted applications. For more information on how to apply,
Trying To Apply To NSFAS? Here’s How
Individuals who have a wish to study further but feel demotivated because there’s no money to pay for it don’t need to give up so fast. NSFAS will come to your rescue and pay for not only your tuition fees but also transport, books, laptops and even your rent if you choose to live away from home while you’re studying.
“In the current academic year, NSFAS has funded over 700 000 students; 248 242 at TVET colleges and 481 339 at universities (students with registration data), this is a 20% increase from the previous year after comparing registration data received in the same period in 2019,” said Minister Nzimande.
NSFAS applications must be done online through the myNSFAS portal. You can reach the myNSFAS portal through this link: https://my.nsfas.org.za/Application/selfservice.jsp
You’re going to need to create a myNSFAS account. To do this, you’ll need a copy of your ID or birth certificate with your correct ID number as well as properly putting down your name and surname that’s on your ID or birth certificate.
If you already have a myNSFAS account then all you’ll need to do is log in and then start applying. You can’t create more than one account on the portal for yourself.
You will then need to give your consent to allow NSFAS to verify your personal information with third parties, such as Home Affairs, before your profile is completely created. This is all done online and you won’t need to submit or upload a consent form. You also need to accept the terms and conditions
Your ID number that you give will be linked to your name and surname and also your parents’ details through Home Affairs.
You will also need to submit the following documents with your application:
- A copy of your ID
- Parent/guardian’s proof of income
- Copies of your parent/guardian’s IDs
- Disability Annexure A for applicants with disabilities
NSFAS applications are now open and will close 30 November 2020.
Minister Nzimande further urged, “We need to foster a culture of doing things on time and don’t leave them to the last hour. NSFAS has made arrangements to provide applications centres across the country, utilising facilities of generous stakeholders. These efforts are meant to bridge the gap in inequality”.