NSFAS 2019 Applications open, the does and don’ts


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has opened the 2019 application for student financial aid from 3 September 2018.

Government has set up the NSFAS to provide students with financial assistance to cover the cost for registration, tuition and provide allowances them with allowances for books, food, transport and accommodation.

Before attempting to apply, students should have the supporting documents in the form certified and valid copies of the South African identity document/card (or an unabridged birth certificate (if you are younger than 16 years old), ID of parents and/or guardian (or death certificate where applicable).

Students should also have pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice stating income (SASSA slips are not required and SASSA should not be included as household income).

A completed and signed consent form, which may be downloaded here and must be filled in with parent/guardian’s signatures. Applications without a consent form signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application will not be accepted and will be considered incomplete.

If students have a disability, they should download the Disability Annexure A from www.nsfas.org.za and fill it in and submit it with application

The stamp on all certified documents should not be older than three months.


Students may apply if they are South African citizen with a household income of R350k or less, if they are registered at this Institution and have not been approved for NSFAS funding in 2018, have not applied for NSFAS funding before and if they plan to study at a public university or TVET College in 2019 and require funding.

Applications will not be considered if a student has already applied for 2019 on www.nsfas.org.za and have an application reference number or if they already have NSFAS funding for 2018.

Students who already have an undergraduate degree/diploma or postgraduate degree other than the postgraduate qualifications listed below may not apply.

The post graduate degree/diplomas below are exempted and may be applied for.

  • B Tech – Architecture/Architectural Technology
  • B Tech – Engineering (all disciplines), Cartography, Forestry
  • B Tech – Biokinetics, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology
  • B Tech – Chiropractic, Homoeopathy, all Nursing
  • B Tech – Clinical or Dental Technology, Emergency Medical Care
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
  • LLB


Applicants may make use of the computer lab on campus to apply and may also contact the financial aid office on campus for assistance with their 2019 applications.

Apply online www.nsfas.org.za

NSFAS Contact Centre on 08 000 67327

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