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    NSFAS Application 2022: What You Need To Know

    NSFAS Application

    National Student Financial Aid Scheme NSFAS is a public organization managed by the NSFAS Act which empowers any student to enroll in a loan or bursary. The primary purpose is to turn NSFAS into a competent source of financial support for students from less fortunate families and stimulate access to further education and training.

    NSFAS Application for 2022

    NSFAS grants support to students wishing to pursue their studies by covering the expense of studies for specific qualifications at any public university or college in South Africa. This serves to reduce the responsibility of the debt of deserving students. Qualified students must fill out the NSFAS online application using the online application form portal in order to get funding to support their tuition and education expenses. For more information on the application process and nomination dates, check out this article.

    NSFA Bursary Programs:

    1. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is in charge of the assessment practices and scheme for vocational and ongoing education and training. The TVET bursary takes care of the expenses of college fees as reported in the programme costs of the present academic year as well as travel and housing expenses.

    2. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a programme to help to teach studies and is accessible to eligible university students to complete a teaching degree. The bursary beneficiary is then required to teach at public schools equal to the duration of the bursary received. Please note that bursary possessors cannot select the school in which they would like to be installed. The bursary awarded will cover most of the beneficiary’s essential expenses for costs of study, which include the cost of school fees, registration fees, and housing that covers meals, textbooks, and learning materials. There’s a possibility of some allowance for monthly living expenses.

    These are the two types of qualifications funded:

    • Undergraduate studies / 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specializing in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9), and FET Phase (Grade 10-12).
    • Graduate studies / One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Joint postgraduate qualifications can be accepted, for example, joint specialization in the Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12).

    3. Social Work Bursaries are made available by the Office of Social Development and are targeted to give financial support to qualified students interested to pursue studies in Bachelor of Social Work degree. Essential priorities are given to youths between the ages of 18 – 35 years, corresponding with the government’s objective of youth’s active involvement in socio-economic activities. The Social Worker bursary contains costs for registration, tuition fee, book allowance, accommodation allowance, meals, and allowance for practical work experience based on the university.

    4. The Disability Bursary Programme gives financial assistance to candidates with disabilities, but good academic performances. Students qualified for this bursary must show proof of disability and a quotation for assistive devices, as required guidelines in the application form. An assistive device will be provided through an applicant’s deal to the student disability unit at the university or TVET college where the applicant will study. This helps to improve the quality of life of the applicant with the disability, reduces the costs of dependency and care, also it enhances the prospect of employment and activities within the economy that is facilitated by a higher education qualification.

    The NSFAS bursary possessors are mandated to work in South Africa for a prescribed period after graduation. If the bursary possessors are unable to get employment in South Africa in a space of 3 months after their completion of studies, the candidate must apply in writing to NSFAS for an easy exit clause/buyout clause to be regarded.

    NSFAS Requirements and Financial Eligibility Criteria

    • South African citizens (foreign students are not eligible)
    • Applicants interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree at a public university or TVET college with the necessary academic requirements
    • Former applicants who already have an application reference number should not apply
    • Only NSFAS unfunded students for the current academic year

    For postgraduate studies, students of one of the following field of study are accepted:

    • B Tech – Architecture / Architectural Technology
    • B Tech – Biokinetics, Biomedical Technology/Biotechnology
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
    • Bachelor of Laws/LLB

    For a TVET college bursary NSFAS application:

    • Registered at a public South African TVET college
    • Registered for the National Certificate (vocational)
    • Registered for certain Report 191 (NATED) programmes such as N1-N6 in engineering and N4-N6 in all other fields.

    How to Apply for NSFAS Online

    NSFAS Account Funding Application:

    1. Register online as a user on myNSFAS or re-register a myNSFAS account

    • Go to
    • Click on “myNSFAS” tab
    • Click on “Register“
    • Tick the box to allow NSFAS to verify your details
    • Then enter your ID number on the field as it is stated on your South African Identity Document (ID)
    • Type in your full names and surname as per your ID number
    • Type in your current email address
    • Confirm your email address
    • Type in your cell phone number
    • Create a password
    • Confirm password
    • Upload your ID Copy
    • Click on register
    • An OTP will be sent to the email and cell number provided (this OTP expires after 24 hours)
    • Type in the OTP and click submit
    • You have now completed your re-registration

    2. Click the APPLY tab to be directed to the online application form.

    Documents needed to apply for NSFAS

    Make approved copies of the following documents not more than three months old. Your documentation must be authorized by the South African Police Department or South African Post Office. If you are under the age of 18 or older and still depend on the income of your parent or legal guardian, then this also applies:

    • A valid copy of your South African ID or unabridged birth certificate. If you are younger than 16 years of age and do not have a green bar–coded ID or smart ID card, you must submit a certified copy of your unabridged birth certificate.
    • IDs of parents and/or guardian (death certificate if applicable)
    • IDs of each person living in your household
    • Proof of annual household income of your parents or guardian or yourself if employed as a payslip or appointment letter (This is for all types of employment or all forms of income for all members of the household. This includes any income received from SASSA grants, Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), or any retirement, life, disability, or other benefits paid as a lump sum or in monthly payments.)
    • A certified copy of your latest academic transcript or exam results. (If you are currently in Grade 12, you do not need to submit this)
    • University registration documents (if applicable)
    • Travel and Accommodation documents (if applicable)
    • Proof of marital status (if applicable)
    • Download and complete the consent form and fill it in with the signatures of all people whose incomes have been declared in the application.
    • If you have a disability, download and complete the Disability Annexure A Form

    Manual Application Forms / Offline NSFAS Application:

    • Visit one of the application centers where you will be given a hard copy of the application form to fill in.
    • Use black ink to complete the NSFAS application form and write within the blocks with CAPITAL letters.
    • Do not cancel out any text and make sure to write clearly.
    • Have parents/guardians sign the consent form.
    • Have certified copies of the listed supporting documents and attach them to the application form by stapling them before submission.
    • Documents must be certified on the front side of the page and should be within 3 months.
    • Sign the completed application form and submit it to one of the NYDA assistants.
    • The application will be attached with a barcode. Wait for the small acknowledgment of the receipt card with the duplicated barcode.

    NSFAS 2022 Closing Date

    URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The expiration for NSFAS 2022 applications has been prolonged to Friday, January 21, 2022. The earlier deadline was Friday, January 07, 2022.

    NSFAS Applications are now open for 2022. Application for NSFAS Funding from November 1st, 2021. The applications for 2022 close on 21st January 2022. Make sure to get your application in time because late applications after the closing date will not be considered.

    Check NSFAS application status for 2022

    You can check your NSFAS application status by logging in to the myNSFAS portal at:

    Contact Details

    Post: Private Bag X1, Plumstead 7801, South Africa

    Address: 10 Brodie Road, House Vincent 2nd Floor, Wynberg, Cape Town 7700

    Tel: 0860 067 327


    Twitter: @myNSFAS

    Frequently Asked Questions (FQA)

    What if the student has forgotten their old username, password, and cellphone number, How do they reset their profile?

    Follow the below steps to reset your myNSFAS login details:

    1. Go to:, click on ‘myNSFAS‘ and then select ‘forgot password.
    2. Type in your ID number and choose what you require help with: password or username or both, then click ‘submit‘.
    3. The username and the link to change your password will be sent via SMS and email.
    4. Open the link to be redirected to the reset password page.
    5. Reset your password by following the prompts on your screen.

    Can I appeal the application?

    Should in case your NSFAS application be rejected there’s still a possibility for you to appeal.

    1. Log into the MyNSFAS portal at
    2. Select the Track Funding Progress option.
    3. Check the application progress tabs.
    4. If your application status is showing as unsuccessful, then the appeal application window is open and you can submit an appeal by selecting the Submit Appeal tab.
    5. This will take you to the Application Appeal page, you will now be able to see the reason for the unsuccessful application status.
    6. Provide a motivational letter clearing stating the reasons why you are appealing your application status.
    7. Upload any certified supporting application documents to support your statement.
    8. Click Submit Appeal.
    9. You can then track the progress of your appeal via the MyNSFAS portal.

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