National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2020 for Disadvantaged South African students

DEADLINE: November 30 2019

Applications for the NSFAS funding of the 2020 academic year are now open

NSFAS is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology established according to the NSFAS Act (Act 56 of 1999) to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges.

Do you Wish to study or are already studying at a public university or TVET college and come from a family with an income of 350k or less? Then STOP and read this:

You qualify for a government bursary offered via the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

What does the bursary cover?

UNIVERSITY

  • Accommodation
  • As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R10 000 per annum
  • Living allowance R14 400 per annum
  • Book allowances R5000 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2750 per annum.

TVET

  • Accommodation in an urban area R24,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in an peri-urban area R18,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in an rural area R15000 per annum
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R10 000 per annum
  • Transport R7000 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2750 per annum

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients qualifies for funding
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

Ensure that you have your own:

  • Valid email address and cellphone number (Note that this new number must be UNIQUE and accessible by you at all times).
  • Valid South African ID

You will need the following supporting documents:
All applicants
• Certified copy of your ID, not older than 3 months
• A signed and completed consent form

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 (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal)

If you are an orphan please provide:
Orphan Declaration and Consent Form (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

You can apply for 2020 NSFAS funding at the following application centres:

CLICK HERE TO CREATE ACCOUNT AND APPLY ONLINE

For More Information: Visit the Website for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2019 for Disadvantaged South African students