2022 Applications Are Not Yet Open, says NSFAS

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NSFAS applications usually open in September every year which would lead to many students assuming that applications are now open. NSFAS has now addressed this.


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NSFAS applications will not be opening on 1 September, NSFAS emphasised, as a fake message started circulating on social media.

NSFAS applications open in September every year and close in December for those wanting to receive a NSFAS bursary for the following year.

The following image was shared by NSFAS which illustrated the message which was circulating:

NSFAS applications

To this, NSFAS responded:

There is a message circulating on social media claiming that NSFAS will open applications for 2022 funding tomorrow (September 01,2021). Please note the message IS FAKE and should be ignored!

The financial aid scheme continued to say that application dates for the 2022 academic year have not been announced.

"We advise prospective applicants to monitor our website and social media pages for official updates regarding the opening of applications," said NSFAS.

NSFAS applications are currently open for 2021 funding and will close on 3 September. They have previously said that they will open 2022 NSFAS applications soon after this period closes.

The bursary administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a very sought-after bursary with almost over 800 000 applications received in 2020. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply for NSFAS and admission at universities or TVET colleges at the same time for 2022. Your NSFAS application will only be properly reviewed, and hopefully approved, if you’re applying to a University/TVET College or already registered at one.


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