The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary is a government bursary which provides financial support to more than a million tertiary students in South Africa. Applications for the NSFAS bursary have recently opened, so APPLY NOW!
NSFAS provides funding for South African students who are studying at TVET Colleges and public universities. They cover the costs of registration, tuition and provide students with various allowances. These allowances cover transport, living expenses and learning materials.
So where can you apply for NSFAS funding?
There are various ways in which you can apply for the NSFAS bursary, here are a few:
Apply Online Through myNSFAS
- Go to https://my.nsfas.org.za/Application/selfservice.jsp
Create a myNSFAS account
Click on ‘Apply’ and update your information and upload your application supporting documents
Apply Through NYDA Centres
You can apply for the NSFAS bursary at National Youth Development Agency centres across South Africa.
The NYDA Centre helps applicants who have not yet applied, especially those who do not have access to the internet and those who are living in rural areas.
Here is a list of NYDA locations:
- Bloemfontein Branch
- GF Shop 125, Sanlam Plaza, Cnr Maitland and East Burger Street9301 – Bloemfontein
- Cape Town Branch
- Shop P 18a Piazza,Golden Acre Adderley Street8000 - Cape Town
- Durban Branch
- Ground Floor, Smart Exchange Building, 5 Walnut Road (Cnr. Dr. AB Xuma4001 – Durban
- East London Branch
- 31 Malcomess Park, Crn St Georges & Gately Street, Spar Complex5201 – Southernwood
- eMalahleni Branch
- Shop 3, Pavillion Centre, 19 - 21 Botha Avenue1035 – Witbank
- Johannesburg Branch
- 17 Diagonal Street, Old JSE Building, Ground Floor, Newtown2001 – Johannesburg
- Kimberley Branch
- Old Telkom Building, 64-70 De Toit Span Building8300 - Kimberley
- Mbombela Branch
- Office No 8, Imbizi place, Samora Machele Drive1201 – Mbombela
- Newcastle Branch
- 37 Murchison Street, Tower Block, Newcastle, Durban
- Polokwane Branch
- 60 Schoeman Street, Shop 10, Crescent Building0699 – Polokwane
- Port Elizabeth Branch
- Kwantu Towers, Ground Floor, Govan Mbeki Avenue Vuyisile Mini Square6001 - Port Elizabeth
- Rustenburg Branch
- 39 Heystek Street, Next to SARS0299 – Rustenburg
- Secunda Branch
- Shop no 2 Game Park Centre, Horwood Street2302 – Secunda
- Soweto Branch
- 2127 Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit1809 – Soweto
- Thulamela Branch
- Thulamela Information Center, Punda Maria Road0950 - Thohoyandou
- Tshwane Branch
- 429 Shoburg Building, Stanza Bopape Street0001 – Tshwane
Applicants can also visit the various application centres across the country, which NSFAS has listed on their website, should they need assistance with their NSFAS applications.
Thusong Service Centres, which are centres committed to developing and empowering poor and disadvantaged people, will also be helping applicants in the various provinces to apply for the NSFAS bursary.
In order to qualify for the NSFAS bursary, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- You are a South African citizen;
- Your combined annual household income does not exceed R350 000 per annum;
- You are a SASSA grant recipient;
- You are registering for the first time for an undergraduate qualification at a public university or you are registered at a TVET college for one of the National Certificate Vocational or report 191 programme;
- You are applying to study at a public university or TVET college for a qualification;
- You are an already registered university student with an annual household income of less than R122 000 per year;
- You have passed Grade 9 & 10 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a TVET college;
- You have passed Grade 12 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a university.
Visit the NSFAS website for more information on the NSFAS bursary.