What Documents Are Needed To Apply For NSFAS?

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NSFAS applications are open and students are encouraged to apply on myNSFAS so that they can be financed for the first step to a great future. Part of applying is that you have to submit documents to NSFAS so you might ask yourself, which documents then? Well, here 's the answer. 

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For your application for NSFAS funding through a NSFAS bursary to be complete, you may need to submit documents. NSFAS have simplified the application process a lot so many people won't have to submit many documents - and maybe not any at all.

If you are asked to submit documents make sure to check whether you have submitted them all and correctly along with the correct details and you should be well on your way to benefiting from this NSFAS bursary

Here are the documents you need to submit when submitting your NSFAS online application:

All applicants:

No documents are needed to apply for NSFAS, however, applicants must submit a NSFAS consent form which allows NSFAS to evaluate your eligibility for NSFAS funding. The Consent Form should be uploaded once completed.

If the applicant is dependent on their parents/guardian/spouse, they must provide:

  • A copy of your ID or birth certificate.
  • ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse (or death certificate where applicable).
  • Marriage certificate (where applicable).
  • Your proof of income or 1 year’s IRP5 (if applicable).
  • Your parents, guardian or spouse’s proof of income (if you are a Sassa grant recipient, no proof of income is required)

If the applicant has a disability, they must provide:

  • A completed Disability Annexure A (if their information is not pre-populated on the online application form)

To upload missing/outstanding documents for your 2024 application, follow these steps:

NSFAS says they are unable to process your application if it has missing/outstanding supporting documents. 

Documents Needed For NSFAS Appeals 

Students whose NSFAS 2024 bursary applications are unsuccessful are encouraged to submit an appeal application. The documents required for a NSFAS a appeal will differ depending on the reason for your unsuccesful NSFAS application. 


Financial Eligibility Reasons 

If You Are A Vulnerable Child 

Applicants who are recognised as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form.

Combined Household Income Is Below NSFAS income threshold 

Proof of Income/payslip 

A parent/guardian/spouse is deceased 

Death Certificate 

I am a Sassa grant beneficiary 

Sassa letter 

I am independent of my biological parents

Court order indicating that the applicant is declared as independent of their biological parents

One parent responsible for costs of education 

Divorce decree indicating that the responsibility for the cost of education, is restricted to one parent

If a applicant 34 years old or younger and whose parent-child relationship with the provided parents/guardian cannot be verified by NSFAS: NSFAS Declaration Form 

Based on the application type, the system will generate a list of required documents for upload.

What is NSFAS?

NSFAS stands for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. It is a South African government-funded program that provides financial assistance in the form of bursaries to eligible South African students who are enrolled in tertiary education institutions. NSFAS aims to enable academically capable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education and obtain a qualification.

NSFAS provides financial assistance to cover tuition fees, accommodation, and other related costs such as books, meals, and transport. 

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, students need to meet certain criteria, including being South African citizens, coming from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, being enrolled or accepted at a public higher education institution, and meeting the academic requirements set by the institution. Students need to apply for NSFAS funding annually and provide relevant financial and academic information for consideration.

NSFAS plays an important role in promoting access to higher education for students who would otherwise not be able to afford it, and it is aimed at addressing financial barriers to education and promoting social mobility in South Africa.


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