Online Bursary Application

By | December 18, 2019

Online Bursary Application


Online Bursary Application

Online Bursary Application


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 for students from poor and working-class families to study in public universities and TVET colleges.

On December 16, 2017, former President Jacob Zuma announced that the South African government will gradually introduce “free and fully subsidized higher education and training for poor and working-class students in South Africa.” Funds will be allocated gradually over 5 years, so the Ministry of Higher Education and Training (DHET) scholarship program was established.


Applicants must ensure that they meet the following minimum admission criteria before applying:

  • South African citizens
  • Receive SASSA subsidy
  • Total family income is R350,000 or less per year
  • Apply to study at a TVET college or public university
  • Registered with a total family income lower than each year R122,000
  • College students through 9th and 10th grades to obtain funds to study in TVET academy
  • Pass Matric to obtain funds to study at a university
  • Register for the first time at a public university to obtain a university degree or register at a public TVET university to obtain a national vocational training certificate/ Report 191 Plan

 Do not apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Foreign students (non-South African citizens)
  • Total family income exceeds R350,000 per year
  • Higher education before completing a degree
  • Applied and obtained financing


The DHET Bursary will provide cover for the following study related expenses:

  • Registration fee
  • Tuition fee
  • Subsidised book allowances
  • Prescribed learning materials (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
  • Subsidised accommodation (up to a certain amount, as set by NSFAS)
  • Subsidised meal allowances


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:
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 Centre/ NYDA office


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact NSFAS directly:
Tel: 0860 067 327

For more info visit Nsfas Website

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