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How to Apply for NSFAS 2024

How to Apply for NSFAS 2024

How to Apply for NSFAS 2024?

It may feel overwhelming when applying for NSFAS, especially for a new student. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process every step of the way.

But first, what is NSFAS?

For those of you who aren’t quite sure what NSFAS is, it’s a government funded financial scheme that assists the underprivileged, poor, and working-class students in South Africa. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) aims to uplift those students eager to further their studies and promote access to higher educational opportunities.

The NSFAS application for 2024 is open between 2 November 2023 to 31 January 2024. So, you better apply before the deadline, or your application will be rejected.

Let’s get started!                                                                                 

  1. Check Your Eligibility

Before you actually begin your NSFAS application, you must check whether or not you meet the requirements.

Take a look at the list below:

  • South African citizen
  • Academically deserving
  • Financially in need as determined by the NSFAS means test
  • Applied to a public university or TVET college
  • Passed grade 12
  • Sassa grant recipient (does not need to undergo ‘means test’)
  • Orphan or child with unemployed parents
  • A learner from a no-fee school
  1. Create an Account

You will need to create an account on the NSFAS website. You will be required to fill out your email address, cell phone number and create a username and password.

Please note that this isn’t part of your application but is merely your personal account to check on your application’s updates. Check out the next step to begin your NSFAS application for 2024.

  1. Start the Application Process

Click on the “MyNSFAS” tab and answer following the on-screen questions. The necessary information must be correctly filled out.                                                                   

  1. Submit Your Supporting Documents

You’re going to need to upload the required documentation that is applicable to you.

This step is important, so make sure that you have gathered all the necessary documents below:

  • A copy of your ID or birth certificate.
  • A copy of your parents, guardian or spouse’s ID.
  • Proof of your income (if applicable).
  • Proof of parent, guardian or spouse’s income (if applicable).
  • If you’re a Sassa grant recipient, then you don’t need any proof of income.
  • If you’re an applicant with a disability, then you’ll need a completed and signed ‘Disability Annexure A Form’ and ‘Human Support Claim Form’.
  • If you’re an applicant who is recognised as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development, then you must submit a completed and signed ‘Vulnerable Child Declaration’ and Consent Form’.
  1. Complete Your Application

It’s finally time to complete your application. Simply give that “SUBMIT” button a click and your NSFAS application for 2024 will be sent through.

You can track the status of your application by clicking “Track Funding Progress”. This way you can monitor any updates and see whether your application has been accepted or rejected.

 It is crucial that you complete your application and submit it on NSFAS’ official site before the cut-off date. Before submitting your application, give it a quick look over to make sure you have uploaded the correct documents and filled in the right information.

We wish you the best with your studies!                                             

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