NSFAS Last Chance Applications: What Documents Are Needed?

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NSFAS is giving students who are registered but have no funding to apply for a NSFAS bursary for 2021. Here's the documents you need when you submit your NSFAS application.


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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is giving students who are registered but unfunded a second chance for a NSFAS bursary. Keep reading to find out which documents you need to submit with your NSFAS application.

The compulsory documents that students must submit when applying for funding are:

  • Copy of student's ID
    • If you have a Smart ID card, both sides should be visible on the copy
  • Copy of students parent/s/guardian or spouse ID
  • Proof of income (where applicable)

You will also need to have a valid email address and cellphone number.

Applications for this round are however not exactly the same as usual as students cannot directly apply through the NSFAS website. 

Students who meet the requirements for this window have to do the following to apply:

  1. Contact their University Financial Aid Office to find out if they qualify and can apply
  2. If they do, your name will then be put on a list
  3. This list is then submitted to NSFAS
  4. Once they've received all your information, you will then be contacted
  5. You will now be given special access to apply online
  6. Register on the myNSFAS portal
  7. Complete your application
  8. Submit your documents

Click here for more in-depth details on how to apply.

NSFAS opened up the period of 18 August until 3 September for students to apply for this special funding window. 

This funding window is for students who are currently registered at one of South Africa's 26 Public Universities but have no funding for their studies.

Students also need to have a household income which is between R0 and R350 000. Students who are living with disabilities need to have a household income which falls between R0 and R600 000.


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