nsfas application 2021


NSFAS is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which is a government loan and bursary fund for students through the NSFAS funding. NSFAS application and registration opens in the later part of the year for students with the NSFAS closing date usually being in the next calendar year.

NSFAS gives bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds which goes beyond just paying for your fees. They’ll also pay for your registration, accommodation, transport, books through NSFAS allowances.

So what are the NSFAS requirements?

The most important requirement is that your household income should come to R350 000 or less per year. This means that if you add up everyone’s salaries in your house for the year and it comes to over R350 000, you won’t qualify.

Usually, students and future students will submit their NSFAS online application for a NSFAS bursary using myNSFAS

Careers Portal has everything you need to know about NSFAS, NSFAS applications and NSFAS allowances.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides NSFAS bursaries to students who are not able to pay their own fees. NSFAS applications for 2021 opened in August 2020 and closed in November 2020. The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that there will be no late applications for 2021.

So, you've applied for NSFAS funding, have checked your application status and it reads "Funding without Admission". Here's what it means. 

Have you applied for student funding through NSFAS and had an application rejected? There is still a chance for you to appeal your unsuccessful application. Here is how you can do so and track your appeal.

If you are among those who have successfully applied for a NSFAS bursary, it’s important to check your current application status and what it means. Here's what 'evaluation' means.


If you've applied for a NSFAS bursary, you've probably asked yourself: how will I know if NSFAS approved my application and will be funding my studies? Well, here's how. 

Have you heard? NSFAS has announced that their walk-in centre has been closed permanently. What's the next step and will there be any other centres available?

Are you a returning student seeking funding for your tertiary studies? NSFAS may be the bursary for you, here are the requirements for returning students. 

The South African government has decided to prioritize spending on the Higher Education sector as it has announced plans to concentrate more funds towards the National Student Financial Aids Scheme. This is a decision that has been well received by Higher Education experts. 

Have you had your student funding application declined by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme? Then it may be a good idea for you to submit your appeal as soon as possible. Here are a few details on how long you have and whether you qualify to do so.

NSFAS has assured applicants who are still awaiting their application outcomes that outstanding applications for the 2022 academic year are still being processed. 


Are you wondering if you qualify to appeal your NSFAS application? Here is a list of who can appeal to NSFAS.

If you are a NSFAS funding applicant whose had their application rejected and are wondering if you should submit an appeal, here is a list of applicants who are not permitted to appeal their NSFAS application.

Thousands of applications have been received by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2022 academic year. Some of the applicants have had unsuccessful applications and here in this article we will show you how you can appeal.

Are you a tertiary student who has applied to be funded by the National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS) and are curious as to what 'Null' status means? Here is your answer.

Are you a tertiary student who is funded by the National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS) and are curious as to what 'Exceeded N+ Rule Enrollment' status means? Here is your answer.

Have you checked your NSFAS application status and it stated that you had 'Missing Documents'? Here's what this means and what you can do about it. 

Unfortunately, not all applicants were approved for NSFAS funding. If you are one of those students and feel that you deserve funding, then submit the following documents with your appeal.

Walter Sisulu student, Sibongile Mani, was recently found guilty of theft after R14 million was accidentally deposited into her account by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. A legal analyst has unpacked the case and given insight into what direction her next court appearance may take.

Students who have applied for funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme have been experiencing difficulties accessing the myNSFAS portal system and this has prompted a response from the South African Union of Students (SAUS). Here is what they have had to say.

If you have been curious as to why your myNSFAS portal has been a bit unresponsive, the bursary scheme has stated that they are currently working on system maintenance issues.

Has your NSFAS application to get a NSFAS bursary been rejected? You still have a chance to get NSFAS funding by submitting a NSFAS appeal, here's how.