The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has urged students to apply for funding as soon as possible.

NSFAS open applications for 2019

NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo says: “Learners shouldn’t wait for their matric results to apply. Our funding goes to everybody who meets our criteria. Don’t wait for the last minute.

If you apply this week, you’re likely to get feedback in four weeks’ time.”

More than 400 successful applicants have already been submitted to the funding scheme for next year. Applications will close on November 30, 2018


NSFAS Application Checklist

  1. SA ID book/smart card or unabridged birth certificate.
  2. Parent and/or guardian’s ID or death certificate where applicable.
  3. Pay Advice/letter of employment/pension advice (not older than three months)
  4. SASSA should not be included in household income.

For a more detailed list of documents you need to submit with your NSFAS application follow this link.

No one is  restricted from applying although, funding will only we give to those who who have confirmed offers/secured admission to study in 2019.

Eligible students will receive confirmation of funding from NSFAS as soon as we obtain a proof of admission to study at any public college/university. … You may have to wait until end of November for them to make a final public college/university choice to where your funds will be paid.

Continuing students who are funded by NSFAS this year will be contacted by the scheme to sign their agreements online‚ if they have not done so already. They are not required to reapply‚ as funding will automatically continue in 2019‚ if they meet the progression rule of a 50% pass.

Last Updated: September 7, 2018