Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

You qualify for a NSFAS bursary if you are a South African citizen who plans to study in 2024 or you are already studying at a public university or TVET college and you meet the following requirements:

  • South African citizens or permanent residents
  • SASSA grant recipients
  • Applicants whose combined gross household income is not more than R350 000 per year
  • Persons with disabilities whose combined gross household income is not more than R600 000 per year.
  • Must have email account and cell phone number.

Who should not apply?

Students who have already applied and received funding in previous years, have not yet graduated on their current qualification and do not intend to change from one sector to another (TVET College to University or vice-versa).

They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies, provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.


Once your funding application becomes successful, NSFAS will cover your costs for:

  • AccommodationLiving allowanceLearning material allowancePersonal care allowance
  • If you are studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA) you will receive funding for:

    • Tuition
    • Books (subject to the number of modules registered)
    • Personal care allowance

    If you are eligible student with disability, you will receive funding for:

    • Assistive Devices
    • Meals
    • Tuition
    • Transport
    • Tuition
    • Human Support
    • Accommodation

    Allowances, excluding human support, for students living with disabilities attending TVET Colleges will as of 2023 be supported directly by the NSFAS.

    An applicant who is recognised as a vulnerable child by the Department of Social Development must provide completed and Vulnerable Child Declaration form completed by a social worker.

    Other documents that may be required, if applicable:

    • Retrenchment letter
    • Death certificate/s
    • Divorce Decree
    • Proof of legal guardianship
    • Marriage certificate
    • other documents may be required for appeal purposes,….eg retrenchment letter

    Based on the application type, the system will generate a list of required documents for upload.

    Fraud Prevention Tips – How to keep your account safe

    • Always keep your Identity Document (ID) and password safe.
    • Do not share any of your personal information with anyone.
    • Always log out on your account when using your personal computer, laptop or internet cafes.
    • Ensure to at least reset your password once a month. This will prevent fraudsters from having access to your recent password credentials. Keep your password safe.
    • NSFAS officials will never call you and ask you to share your passwords.

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