Who Qualifies For A NSFAS Bursary?

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Interested in applying for a NSFAS bursary? Want to know if you qualify? Well, keep reading and you can get all the answers you need.


NSFAS bursaries are highly sought-after and go beyond just covering your tuition fees. To find out if you qualify, keep reading.

  • South African citizen or permanent resident
  • Plan on registering or are registered at a Public University or TVET College in South Africa
  • SASSA grant recipients immediately qualify
  • Combined household income comes to R350 000 or less
  • If you are living with a disability, your combined household income must come to R600 000 or less

You will need to submit your NSFAS application on myNSFAS if you qualify as well as submit the required supporting documents:

  • Copy of South African ID/Temporary ID issued by Home Affairs
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parents/guardians/spouses
  • Copy of Smart ID cards
  • Proof of income of parents who are non-SASSA
    • Latest payslip not older than 3 months
    • UIF letter
    • Appointment letter
    • Retrenchment letter
  • No affidavits will be accepted

Should you not have access to internet, you can apply at a National Youth Development Agency or Tisong Centre to apply.

You should also make sure that you have applied to a public Higher Education institution.


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