How To Unlock Your NSFAS Wallet By Cell Phone

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 10:10
Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS has introduced a new and easy way to unlock your NSFAS Wallet. You can now unlock  your NSFAS Wallet account by simply using your cell phone. Keep reading to find out how.


Is your NSFAS wallet locked? It's now even easier to unlock it and all you'll need is a cellphone and this can be done anytime of the day.

You will need an existing myNSFAS portal account along with a NSFAS wallet account. 

Be sure that your current cellphone number is saved on the myNSFAS portal and that this number is connected to the phone you'll be using to unlock your NSFAS wallet.

How To Unlock Your NSFAS Wallet By Cell Phone

  1. Dial *120*176#
  2. Choose the option which reads 'Unlock with OTP'
  3. You will now be sent a One Time PIn (OTP) through SMS
  4. Type in the OTP given
  5. Click enter
  6. You will then receive another notification which will tell you that your account is unlocked
  7. You should now be able to get into your NSFAS wallet account again

NSFAS-Funded students who qualify to receive allowances directly from NSFAS will receive cash funds in their NSFAS Wallets. Your NSFAS Wallet will allow you to withdraw cash or spend at any merchant registered by NSFAS. 

For any other NSFAS Wallet questions, you can send an email to and be sure to provide the following information in your email:

  • Your ID number
  • Your full names and surname
  • Your cellphone number and email address
  • Your physical and/or postal address
  • Full description of your query

NSFAS is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which is a government loan and bursary fund for students.  NSFAS bursary applications and registrations are open in the later part of the year for students who want to study in the next calendar year.

For more information on NSFAS, click here.


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