National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Opportunity

Posted on :

24 Oct, 2018

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Scholarships in South Africa

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor is pleased to announce that the 2019 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications for new applicants is open from, 03rd September 2018.

NSFAS Applications For 2019 Open Now

The decision to open the applications was taken after a process of testing the 2019 applications with a focus group of high school learners
yielded positive results in terms of accessibility and user friendliness.

NSFAS has put in place a comprehensive communications plan, which involves partnering with institutions of higher learning and training,
the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), community structures and organisations to ensure that all eligible students are reached.

In this regard, of the 273 000 First Time entering students at TVET Colleges and Universities, a total of 211 000 have received the relevant funds, while close to 239 000 of the 241 000 returning students have been successfully linked to the system.

Students are urged to sign outstanding NSFAS Bursary Agreement to ensure that decisions for their continuation of funding for the 2019 academic year, if they meet the academic requirements, proceeds smoothly.

MyNSFAS Online portal is available for students to update their details immediately.

All institutions of higher education and training will be capacitated to assist with NSFAS applications.

Get your certified supporting documents ready.

You will need:

  • South African ID document/card (or an unabridged birth certificate if you do not have a green bar-coded ID or Smart ID card)
  • ID of parents and/or guardian (Or death certificate where applicable)
  • Pay advice/ letter of employment/pension advice stating income. Should not be older than 3 months (SASSA slips are not required and SASSA
    should not be included as household income).



PRESS RELEASE: NSFAS Applications for 2019 to open on Monday – 03 September 2018


Application Deadline: 30th November, 2018

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