NSFAS Application for 2021


NSFAS Funding 2021 Applications


National Student Financial Aid Scheme or NSFAS is a public entity governed by the NSFAS Act that enables any student to apply for a loan or bursary. The primary objective is to turn NSFAS into an efficient provider of financial assistance to students from less fortunate families promotes access to higher and further education and training.

NSFAS Application for 2021

NSFAS bursary supports qualified applicants’ education by covering the costs of studies for certain qualifications at any public university or college in South Africa.

The following bursary programs are offered by NASFAS:

1. Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which is responsible for the assessment practices and systems for vocational and continuing education and training. The TVET bursary covers the full cost of college fees as indicated in the program costs of the current academic year as well as travel and accommodation expenses.

2. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a program to support teaching studies and is available to qualified students to complete a teaching degree. Bursary recipients are then required to teach at public schools equivalent to the duration of bursary received. Please note that bursary holders cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed. The bursary given will cover most of the recipient’s necessary expenses that may include tuition, accommodation including meals, books, and learning materials, and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses.

Two types of qualifications can be funded are:

  • Undergraduate studies or a 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 or One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Combined qualifications are also acceptable such as combined specialization in the Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), or the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12).

3. Social Work Bursaries is provided by the Department of Social Development and is aimed to provide financial assistance to qualified students who wish to pursue studies with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Priorities are given to youth between the ages of 18 – 35 years in line with the government’s goals of youth’s active participation in socio-economic activities. Social Work bursary pays for registration, tuition, prescribed books, accommodation, meals, and stipends for practical work experience as determined by the university.

4. Disability Bursary Programme provides financial support to applicants with disabilities who need financial assistance and possess good academic performance. Applicants for this bursary must provide proof of disability and a quotation for assistive devices as required documents with the application form. An assistive device will be provided through the applicant’s arrangement to the student disability unit at the university or TVET college where the applicant is going to study. This is to improve the quality of life of the applicant with the disability and reduce the costs of dependency and care as well as to enhance the prospect of employment and participation within the economy that is facilitated by a higher education qualification.

NSFAS bursary holders are required to work in South Africa for a specified period after graduation. Should the bursary holders are unable to find employment in South Africa within a 3 month period post-graduation, the applicant must apply in writing to NSFAS for a fair exit clause/buy-out clause to be considered.

To get updates on NSFAS activity, visit their official website.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • South African citizens
  • Applicants who wish to pursue studies at a public university or TVET college
  • Previous applicants who already have an application reference number should not apply
  • NOT a recipient of any NSFAS funding for the current academic year

For postgraduate studies, only the students of the following fields 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 application:

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

How to Apply and Application Details

NSFAS Application for 2021

Online Application:

  1. Register online as a user on myNSFAS or re-register a myNSFAS account
    • Go to nsfas website
    • 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 ID document
    • 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 cellphone 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 2021 application form.
  3. Prepare certified copies of the following documents:
    • South African identity document/card or an unabridged birth certificate
    • IDs of parents and/or guardian (death certificate if applicable)
    • IDs of each person living in your household
    • Any household proof of income (not older than three months)
    • Academic results
    • University registration documents
    • Travel and Accommodation documents (if applicable)
    • Proof of marital status (if applicable)
    • Download and complete the consent form and fill it in with signatures of all people whose incomes have been declared in the application.
    • If you have a disability, download and complete the Disability Annexure A

Offline Application:

  • Visit your provincial/office where you will be given a hard copy of the application form to fill in.
  • Use black ink to complete the application form and write within the blocks with CAPITAL letters.
  • Do not cancel out any text and make sure to write clearly.
  • Have parents/guardian sign the consent form.
  • Have certified copies of the listed supporting documents and attach them to the application form by stapling 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.

Closing Date

The applications for NSFAS funding for the 2021 academic year now closed.

This year the NSFAS application window was run for a period of four months, starting from 3 August 2020 to 1st December 2020 at 23:59.

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
Email: [email protected]



Students who wish to pursue higher education but are financially strapped, usually search for scholarships as a means to further their education and reach their educational goals. If you have are in a similar situation, you can apply for bursaries, grants or scholarships. 

There are grants you can apply for like the National Student Financial Aid Scheme or the NSFAS Funding. The NSFSA got founded through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act of 1999. The founders incorporated the NSFSA with it the Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa (TEFSA), which had stopped its operations in the year 2000.

Now, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act allows students to apply for financial assistance, whether in the form of a student loan or a bursary. There are, however, certain conditions that you must meet if you’re planning to apply for these grants. 

Just like other applicants, you have to undergo a “needs test” that will determine the amount of financial aid you will require and if you’re eligible for the NSFAS. The system is currently undergoing changes to make financial aid more accessible and available to more students.

According to the most recent applicants of the NSFAS, they have found the application process to be both slow and complicated. Because of this, the system has come up with a plan to make things better. If you’re interested in applying to NSFAS, go through these FAQs to make the process much easier for you. 

Before you can access the application process of NSFAS using your MyNSFAS account, you first need to register your own MyNSFAS account. To do this, go to www.nsfas.org.za. This is the official website of NSFAS. Once you have opened the website, follow these steps to create your own online MyNSFAS account:

  • Look for the tab named MyNSFAS. Click on it.
  • Click on Register.
  • Tick the box that will allow NSFAS to verify the details you provide.
  • Input your ID number as stated on your ID document.
  • Input your complete names including your surname as these appear on the ID document you have provided. 
  • Input your email address.
  • Input your email address again to confirm it. 
  • Input your cellphone number.
  • Input your preferred password.
  • Input your preferred password again to confirm it.
  • Upload a copy of your ID document. 
  • Click on Register.
  • Wait for the OTP on your cellphone and email address. Remember that this OTP will expire after 24 hours so you must use it right away.
  • Input the OTP then click on Submit.

After you have followed all of these steps, you would have already created your MyNSFAS account. Every time you have to log in, simply input your username and password in the appropriate fields.

NSFAS applicants, as well as, current students are strongly encouraged to create their own MyNSFAS accounts. This is a simple process that you can do online. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Visit the website, www.nsfas.org.za then click on MyNSFAS account.
  • Input your username and your password in the appropriate fields.
  • Click on the tab named My Personal Details.
  • Input your most recent email address and cellphone number.
  • Click on the Update Your Details button to continue.
  • Before you can proceed, you have to wait to receive a One-Time-Pin (OTP) on the email address and cellphone number that you have entered.
  • Once you receive the OTP, input it right away in the appropriate field then click the Submit button.
  • The details you have entered will appear in your personal account. 

If you already have an account, you can log in by inputting your surname and password on Google and Facebook Accounts.

If you want to or need to make changes to your account details, you can do this too. Whatever your reason is for making these changes, here are the steps to follow:

  • First, visit the MyNSFAS student portal.
  • To log in, input your username, password, then click on SIGN IN.
  • Once you get in, click on My Personal Details.
  • Delete all of the incorrect or outdated information and replace it with the correct and updated information.
  • Click on Update Your Details. This will save all of the changes you’ve made to your login details.

When you need to access your account, you must log in first. Here are the steps to do this:

  • Go to the site, https://my.nsfas.org.za/
  • Input your username and password in the appropriate fields.
  • Click on Sign In.

To activate your MyNSFAS account, you need the OTP. As soon as you receive this OTP, input it in the corresponding field

You can access your MyNSFAS account by following these steps:

  • Go to www.nsfas.org.za
  • Click on MyNsfas Account.
  • Input your username and password.
  • Access your MyNSFAS account.

In your NSFAS account, you can access your NSFAS Wallet. Through this, you can withdraw cash or purchase from any merchant registered with NSFAS. The allowance that you receive depends on your consultations with various institutions. They communicate with NSFAS when you register. However, there might be a situation where you try to access your account but you get a message saying that it’s locked. 

This may happen because you have typed the password for your NSFAS Wallet incorrectly more than 3 times consecutively. This is a security measure that prevents unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your account. To prevent this from happening, you must memorize your password.

If you’re a first-time user, the process can feel daunting but in reality, it is pretty simple. Before you can access this part of your MyNSFAS account, you should first access the wallet. Here are the steps to do this:

  • When you activate your NSFAS wallet, you’ll receive a welcome SMS message.
  • Open the message then verify your account by dialing *134*176#
  • Also, reply to the message with your ID number.
  • After a few moments, you will receive a password. 
  • Use this password whenever you need to make a transaction. 
  • Remember to keep this password secure and in your mind at all times. As much as possible, don’t save or keep this password (or any other passwords) on your cellphone. 

In case you find yourself unable to access your account because it’s locked, follow these steps to unlock it:

  • Log in to your MyNSFAS account using your username and password.
  • Go to NSFAS Connect.
  • Create a case
  • Use your cellphone to take a photo of your ID document and submit.
  • Input your cellphone number.
  • State your case.

You can also send a request to NSFAS via their email or through DM in the NSFAS social media account.

If you wish to delete your NSFAS account, you would have to make a written request and submitted this to the NSFAS office. You can also email NSFAS to ask about this request.

Through the authority of the NSFAS, you can now create a student portal account. The online portal will enable you to create an account or log in to regulate specific academic activities. 

You may visit and access the NSFAS using either your cellphone or computer by visiting the portal. If you already have a MyNSFAS account, you can already access this portal.

If for some reason your account doesn’t exist anymore, you can re-register to the MyNSFAS portal. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go nsfas website
  • Click on the tab named MyNSFAS
  • Click on register
  • Tick the box that will allow NSFAS to verify the details you provide.
  • Input your ID number.
  • Input your complete name. 
  • Input your email address.
  • Input your email address again to confirm it. 
  • Input your cellphone number.
  • Input your password.
  • Input your password again to confirm it.
  • Upload a copy of your ID document. 
  • Click on Register.
  • Wait for the OTP on your cellphone and email address. 
  • Input the OTP then click on Submit
  • This completes your re-registration process.

ust as you would unlock your NSFAS Wallet, you would follow the same steps to unlock the portal:

  • Log in to your account
  • Go to NSFAS Connect
  • Create a case
  • Submit an ID photo
  • Input your cellphone number
  • State your case

To reset your NSFAS portal password, follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the Forgot Your Password button then input your ID number.
  • Wait for the OTP in your cellphone or email.
  • Input the OTP in the appropriate field and then click on Submit.
  • Input your new password.

The most common reason for this is that you haven’t accessed your account in a long time. But if you think this is an error, contact NSFAS right away.

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