NSFAS 2020: Application Forms & Requirements (NOW OPEN)

Funza Lushaka Bursary 2020: Application & Requirements
Sasol Bursary 2020: Online Application & Requirements

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides loans and gives various NSFAS bursaries to students from less fortunate families at all 25 of our public universities, as well as the 50 public FET (Further Education Training) colleges. Instead of having to repay the monetary value as with loans, bursars who apply for a NSFAS bursary will enter into a contract to work in a specific sector in South Africa for a specified amount of time after their graduation.

The 2020 Applications are Now Open so read this guide to find out everything you need to know about the whole process.



The NSFAS bursary includes the following:

  • Tuition fee (total cost of study)
  • Registration fee
  • Accommodation (subsidized to a maximum set by NSFAS)
  • Meals
  • Transport (subsidized to a maximum set by NSFAS)
  • Prescribed books/Learning material (to a maximum set by NSFAS)
  • Subsidized Book allowance
  • Personal care allowance

The amounts prescribed for the above-mentioned costs will be dependent on the outcome of the NSFAS Means Test.



Applicants Must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Financially needy as determined by NSFAS Means Test ( If you Receive a SASSA grant this test may not be needed)
  • Total household income of R350 000 or less per annum
  • Can demonstrate ability to succeed in your Academics
  • Applying or already applied to study at a TVET College or public university
  • Passed grade 9,10,11 or 12 to receive NSFAS funding to study at TVET College
  • Passed Matric(grade 12) to receive NSFAS funding to study at University
  • Registering for your first time at a public university for an undergraduate qualification or registered at a public TVET College for a National Certificate Vocational/ report 191 programme
  • You are an already registered university student with an annual household income of less than R122 000 per year;


DON’T Apply if any of these apply:

  • You are a Foreign student (NOT a South African citizen)
  • Total household income of over R350 000 per annum
  • Completed a previous tertiary qualification
  • Already applied and received funding



There are 3 main ways you can apply:

Online Application 2020

1) First click to Register your myNSFAS account here.
You need the following information to register an account: Username, Password, ID number, Phone number and Email address. (But if you can’t open the link, try later when less people are online)
2) You can then login using your selected Username and Password.

3) Complete the application form by clicking the “Apply” button.
4) When you have filled in all the required information (do not leave any fields blank), you can upload electronic copies of your all the required documents (as listed below). Once all your documents have been uploaded, click the “submit” button to receive your reference number.


2020 Application Centres

CLICK HERE for a list of applications centres where you can apply for NSFAS online.


Offline Application 2020

1) Visit your provincial/regional NYDA centre/office.
2) You will be provided with a hard copy of the application form to fill in.
3) Use a black pen to complete the application form and write within the blocks with CAPITAL letters. Do not cancel out any text and make sure to write clearly.
4) Have parents/guardian sign the consent form.
5)Have certified copies of the required documents (as shown below) and attach them to the application form by stapling before submission.
6)Documents must be certified on the front side of the page and should be within 3 months.
7) Sign the completed application form and submit it to one of the NYDA assistants.
8)The application will be attached with a barcode. Wait for the small acknowledgment of receipt card with the duplicated barcode.



Submit clear copies of the following documents on your online application profile (the submission of these documents is compulsory- but ignore the ones that might not be relevant at the moment eg death certificate):

All applicants
ID document/ Birth Certificate(certified copy and electronic copy), not older than 3 months
A signed and completed NSFAS Consent Form (pdf)

If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse, please provide:
• Certified ID copies of parent/s, guardian, spouse not older than 3 months
• Proof of income of parent, guardian or spouse (payslip or appointment letter)

If you are self-sufficient and employed please provide:
• Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter)
• 3yrs IRP5

If you have a disability, please provide:
• Completed and signed Disability Annexure A (pdf) (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal)

If you are an orphan please provide:
Orphan Declaration and Consent Form (pdf) (excluding consent form)

Other documents required, if applicable:
• Retrenchment letter
• Death certificate/s
• Divorce decree

Note: If you are a SASSA recipient then no proof of income is required



November 30, 2019

This is the Official Closing Date for 2020 applications. It Opened on September 1, 2019. Don’t wait till November to apply. Do it Now!



Please contact NSFAS directly, by using the details below:

Post: Private Bag X1, Plumstead 7801, South Africa
Address: 10 Brodie Road, House Vincent 2nd Floor, Wynberg, Cape Town 7700
Tel: 08000 67327 / 0860 067 327
Email: info@nsfas.org.za


Funza Lushaka Bursary 2020: Application & Requirements
Sasol Bursary 2020: Online Application & Requirements