Students have been advised to apply for NSFAS funding before the looming deadline in January. Photo: Flickr / GovernmentZA

NSFAS: Here’s all you need to know to apply for 2022 funding

Students have been urged to apply for NSFAS funding by taking these steps ahead of the looming deadline for the new academic year.


Students have been advised to apply for NSFAS funding before the looming deadline in January. Photo: Flickr / GovernmentZA

First time students and those already enrolled at educational institutions have until January 7 2022 to apply for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding. 

The applications process is also open to individuals who are already enrolled at institutions, but are without funding and qualify financially for NSFAS funding. 

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Blade Nzimande, said the NSFAS applications system opened from 2 November 2021 and runs until 7 January 2022 when the NSC results are released. 

Nzimande said that the new faster NSFAS application process would see many students receive their funding results faster than previously. 

“Some results will be received immediately and others may take up to 48 hours to be provided,” he said.

“I look forward to hearing reports of a successful NSFAS applications system and I urge students to apply as soon as possible and to provide the necessary information to support their applications, and ensure that the process goes smoothly and quickly,” he said. 

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding? 

Students qualify to get NSFAS funding if you are a South African citizen or permanent resident who plans on registering or already studying at a public university or TVET college in South Africa and they will fall within one or more of the below categories: 

· SASSA grant recipients (the SASSA COVID-19 grant does not count); 

· Persons whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year; 

· Persons living with disabilities with a combined household income not more than R600 000 per annum. 

Students must provide the following supporting documents: 

  • All applicants must provide a copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse; 
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided; 
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide latest payslip not older 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse). 

How and where to apply 

Apply online via www.nfsas.org.za by taking the following steps:

Step 1: Go to www.nsfas.org.za and click on the ‘myNSFAS’ tab 

Step 2: Create a myNSFAS account 

Step 3: Click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and complete the sections on the screen 

Step 4: Upload required supporting documents where applicable 

Step 5: Click on ‘Submit’ 

If you do not have a digital device or access to the internet, simply pop into your nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Centre to apply following the same steps. 

Prospective students are urged to apply to institutions via their application processes for a study place, as funding is only offered to students who are eligible for funding from NSFAS (financial eligibility) and who obtain a firm place to study in an approved programme at a public institution.