NSFAS Status 2023-2024
NSFAS Status 2023-2024
NSFAS is a governmental entity under the Ministry of Higher Education and Training. It was established under the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to continue their studies at public universities or TVET institutes.
The National Student Financial Assistance Program (NSFAS) was formed on the basis of the National Student Financial Assistance Program. NSFAS is a scholarship program that provides free, fully subsidized higher education and training for working class and poor students in South Africa.
NSFAS’s vision is to provide financial assistance to students from poor and working-class families studying in public universities and TVET colleges.
On December 16, 2017, former President Jacob Zuma announced that the South African government will gradually launch “full subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working-class students in South Africa.” Funds will be gradually allocated over 5 years, so the Ministry of Higher Education and Training (DHET) scholarship program was established.
The DHET Bursary will provide cover for the following study-related expenses:
- Registration fee
- Tuition fee
- Subsidized book allowances
- Prescribed learning materials (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
- Subsidized accommodation (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
- Subsidized meal allowance
Applicants must ensure that they satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:
- South African citizen
- Receive a SASSA grant
- Total household income is R350 000 or less per annum
- Applying to study at a TVET College or public university
- Already registered as a university student with a total household income of under R122 000 per annum
- Passed grade 9 and grade 10 to receive funding to study at TVET College
- Passed Matric to receive funding to study at University
- Registering for your first time at a public university for an undergraduate qualification or registered at a public TVET College for a National Certificate Vocational/ report 191 programme
Do NOT apply if you meet the following criteria:
- Foreign student (NOT a South African citizen)
- Total household income is over R350 000 per annum
- Completed a previous tertiary qualification
- Already applied and received funding
NSFAS Status 2023-2024: How to check on your National Student Financial Aid Scheme application
Have you not received a response to your application for admission to the National Student Aid Program (NSFAS)? Don’t worry, just check the status of your application.
Then, you apply for study aid from the National Student Financial Assistance Program (NSFAS) and can usually receive a response within days of the application deadline. However, if you haven’t received a response from the National Student Aid Program (NSFAS), it may be time to do it yourself. This is not a difficult process, but to make things easier, we have provided the following link, which you can click to visit.
- If you would like to check the status of your 2023 NSFAS application, please visit the NSFAS website. Click on MyNSFAS account and login with your ID and the password you created during your application.
- Click on MyNSFAS account and login with your ID and the password you created during your application.
If the status of your application is “Provisionally Funded”, please contact Unisa’s Division: Student Funding (DSF). Please contact NSFAS for all other outcomes, as NSFAS is responsible for the application process.
HOW TO APPLY
There are 3 ways in which you can apply:
METHOD 1: On the NSFAS website (if you wish to apply online, follow the instructions below)
1) Create your myNSFAS account here: https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html
You will be required to provide the following information when registering an account: username, password, ID number, cellphone number, and email address
2) You can then login using your selected username and password
3) Complete the application form by clicking the “apply” button
4) When you have filled in all the required information (do not leave any fields blank), you can upload electronic copies of your supporting documents (as listed below). Once all your documents have been uploaded, click the “submit” button to receive your reference number.
METHOD 2: At your closest NYDA Center
1) Visit a NYDA center/ office closest to you
2) A NYDA center worker will explain the application process and provide you with an application form to complete
3) Complete the application form in CAPITAL letters with a black pen and sign it in the allocated spots
4) Hand in your application form and supporting documents (as listed below). Ensure that your supporting documents are certified on the front of the page and not be older than 3 months.
5) You will receive a receipt card with a bar code attached
METHOD 3: At a Financial Aid Office on campus/ computer lab
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):
- ID document/ ID card (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Unabridged birth certificate (if you do not have an ID document or ID card) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Parents/ guardians death certificate (if applicable) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Payslips/ employment letters/ pension advice (not older than 3 months) (do not submit SASSA slips. SASSA should be excluded from household income) (certified copy and electronic copy)
- Contact details (cellphone number/ email address where NSFAS can communicate with you throughout the application process, as well as to provide feedback on the outcome of your application)
- NSFAS Consent Form pdf– completed and signed by parents/ guardians
- If disabled, complete and include the NSFAS Disability Annexure A (.pdf)
- If orphaned, complete and include the NSFAS Declaration Form (.pdf) – to be signed by an Isibindi Child Youth Care Worker/ a social worker from the Department of Social Development and submitted to an Isibindi Center/ NYDA office.
CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER
For any queries related to this bursary program, please contact NSFAS directly:
Tel: 0860 067 327
For more info visit Nsfas Website
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