NSFAS Funding 2023 | All Information You Need is Here

NSFAS Funding 2023, How to create a myNSFAS online account, documents needed, who can apply, when to apply, how to apply, requirements, contact details, and other important information are published below.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a South African government student financial aid scheme that provides financial aid to undergraduate students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education after finishing high school.

What does the NSFAS funding shot cover?

• Applicants who are approved for NSFAS funding are covered for:
Registration fees
Tuition fees
After your funding is confirmed, you may also receive allowances for the following:
-Learning Material
– Personal Care
– Accommodation or Transport

You are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office of the institutions they are registered or admitted at to verify if their choice of qualification is funded by NSFAS

Who qualifies to take a shot at the NSFAS funding?

You qualify to a get shot of the NSFAS funding if you are a South African citizen or permanent resident who plans on registering or already studying at a public university or TVET college in Mzansi and you fall within one or more of the below categories:

• SASSA grant recipients (the SASSA Covid-19 grant does not count)
• Persons whose combined gross household income is not more than R350 000 per year
• Persons living with disabilities with a combined gross household income not more than R600 000 per annum
• Students who started studying before 2018 with a combined gross household income of not more than R122 000 per annum.

What supporting documents are needed to apply?

The correct supporting documents are important in ensuring that NSFAS process your funding application in time for your registration at an institution of higher learning. The required supporting documents are:

• All applicants must provide a copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted
• Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse must
• Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided
• Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide latest payslip not older 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
• Passports / Driver’s license will be accepted as proof of ID

NB: No affidavits will be accepted as proof for any funding requirement

How and where to apply for the NSFAS Funding Shot?


Step 1: Go to www.nsfas.org.za and click on the ‘myNSFAS’ tab
Step 2: Create a myNSFAS account
Step 3: Click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and complete the sections on the screen
Step 4: Upload required supporting documents where applicable
Step 5: Click on ‘Submit’

If you do not have a digital devise or access to the internet, do not stress, simply pop into your nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Centre to apply following the same steps.

I have loaded my ID number, name and surname, but I cannot continue with my application

The system validates all information as received from the Department of Home Affairs. Ensure that you type in your ID number, name/s and surname exactly as they appear on your ID document or birth certificate.

Do my documents need to be certified?

No. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, NSFAS has removed the requirement for documents to be certified.

I applied last year, and I was not approved for funding. Can I apply for 2023?

Yes, if you applied for NSFAS in 2022 or prior years and your application was not approved but you still need funding for 2023, you may apply again if you meet the funding criteria.

My application for NSFAS funding was approved, but I did not register during the time I was approved for NSFAS. Do I have to reapply for 2023?

Yes. After your NSFAS application is approved, you have a year to register at a TVET college or university. If your NSFAS funding application for the 2023 academic year was approved and you failed to register for a full year, you need to apply again.

I studied at a TVET college this year but want to proceed and study for a university qualification in 2023, do I need to apply?

Yes. To be funded for an approved university qualification in 2023, you need to have passed and completed your TVET qualification. You also need to ensure that you apply at the university for an NSFAS-funded course.

How can I apply for funding if I don’t have a cellphone?

To apply for NSFAS funding, you will need a functioning cellphone, a valid cellphone number and your own email address. You may also use a tablet or computer. If you don’t have a cellphone, you may use the cellphone of a trusted guardian or relative, but it is best to have your own cellphone number. No two applicants may use the same cellphone number or email address. This information is needed to create a myNSFAS account which you will use to apply for funding.

I am not receiving the One Time Pin (OTP). How do I access it?

You can click on the option to resend an OTP for another one to be sent to you.

How long does it take for NSFAS to verify my information with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)?

The verification of your ID number, name and surname is done immediately when creating your myNSFAS account. NSFAS uses verified details received from DHA. Should your information be incorrect, you will need to contact DHA to rectify it.

See Also: NSFAS Wallets | myNSFAS Wallet Guide

If my parent, guardian or spouse is a taxi driver/domestic worker/informal trader, what proof of income should I upload?

Applicant/students must submit parental details correctly, especially their ID numbers, names and surnames, copies of IDs of parent(s)/ legal guardian. NSFAS will verify their income against third party data sources (Letter from employer/taxi association/ 3 months bank statement)

What if I have an existing myNSFAS account but I have forgotten my old username, password and cellphone number. How do I reset my profile?

Follow the steps below to reset your myNSFAS login details:

STEP 1 – Go to: www.nsfas.org.za, click on ‘myNSFAS’ and then click on ‘forgot password.
STEP 2 – Type in your ID number and choose what you require help with: password or username or both and then click on ‘submit’.
STEP 3 – The username and the link to change your password will be sent via SMS and email.
STEP 4 – Open the link and you’ll be redirected to the reset password page.
STEP 5 – Reset your password by following the prompts on your screen

Click link to view: How to create a myNSFAS online account  

When will NSFAS 2023 applications close?

The closing date for 2023 applications is likely to be January.

Can students re-apply after withdrawing their application?

Yes, applicants may resubmit after withdrawing their application if they resubmit before the closing date

For students that have not received any funding decision for 2022 funding applications, does this mean it has not been approved since NSFAS is now open for 2023 and do I need to apply again?
 Yes, these students need to apply again. There is no need to cancel the previous application

What happens if you are declined for the NSFAS Bursary?

The option to appeal will be available on the myNSFAS portal. There will be more details on when applicants can appeal and when appeals will not be considered.  It will also clarify what will be considered when an appeal is evaluated. More information to follow

Related: How To Update Your Contact Details On The MyNSFAS Portal

Follow us on social media for the latest NSFAS information:

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Twitter: myNSFAS
Instagram: myNSFAS

NSFAS Contact Details

Please contact your campus bursary office should you need any assistance.

Muizenberg Campus
Ms. Ayesha Shaik
Tel: 021 788 8616
[email protected]
Fish Hoek Campus
Ms. Zonke Mhambi
Tel: 021-784 4315
[email protected]
Westlake Campus
Ms. Wendy Vergotine
021-701 1340 / 021-701 1154
[email protected]
Mitchell’s Plain Campus
Ms. Chanel Pietersen
Tel: 021-391 0717
Email: [email protected]
Khayelitsha Campus
Ms. Busisiwe Mvinjelwa
Tel: 021-360 5022
Email: [email protected]
Distance Learning
Ms. Wendy Vergotine
021-701 1340 / 021-701 1154
[email protected]

Our Toll-Free number is: 08000 67327



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DOWNLOAD Eligibility Criteria & Conditions

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