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Student funding, scholarships and bursaries

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office provides information on student funding, scholarships and awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Funding opportunities and information

2019 NSFAS

As of 1 August 2016, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) opened its student-centred application model. First-time applications for financial aid, as well as funding renewal for those students who are already recipients of NSFAS funding, will be handled centrally via NSFAS. Although applicants may have applied to multiple institutions for admission to study, only one financial aid application directly to NSFAS will be required.

In December 2017, the President announced an increase in the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria for first time entering students (FTENS) effective from 2018. The gross income cut-off is R350 000 gross family income pa. The financial eligibility for current students remains unchanged. The funding provision from NSFAS changes from a loan to a grant effective 2018.

The process for the various NSFAS categories of application is outlined below:

For all 2019 first-year applicants

Applications are opened on the 3rdSeptember 2018.All learners (potential first year students) applying to study next year are required to apply directly to NSFAS, or visit the nearest NYDA Centre. You can also apply on campus at the Financial Aid Office or computer lab.

For all currently registered students (at any institution) already funded by NSFAS

Academic eligibility renewal criteria will be applied to check eligibility for renewal, and you will be informed of whether you still meet the requirements for funding.

For currently registered students intending to apply for NSFAS funding for the first time

Students not funded by NSFAS during 2018, or who are on a government-funded bursary programme, may apply for funding. For students in this category, applications are open as well 03 Sept 2018. If you think that your current funder may not renew your funding, you are encouraged to submit a NSFAS application before the closing date.

Late applications

Applications will not be accepted after the closing date and it is therefore important that you get your application in on time. Late applications will not be considered

How and where to apply

How to apply for NSFAS funding 2019

Use the link below to the NSFAS website to register and proceed to complete your on-line application.

NSFAS Online Application

The NSFAS contact details are outlined below should you require assistance, or visit your closest tertiary institution's Financial Aid Office for further assistance.

Share Call Number: 0860 0067 327. Email: Info@NSFAS.org.za

We encourage applicants to print a copy of their NSFAS online application and keep a record of all supporting documents, in case they are required later. Also check your email account regularly for correspondence from NSFAS.

NB. All applicants that apply to NSFAS online, must make sure that they receive an application reference number after the application is submitted. Your application has not submitted successfully, if you do not receive an application reference number.

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