NSFAS 2023 Applications are now open for University & TVET Students

NSFAS applications for 2023 academic year are open! Complete your online application today!

Get started by creating a new account.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4,……

  1. Type in first names (as per ID number)
  2. Type in Surname (as per ID number)
  3. Type in your ID number (will your username)
  4. Type in your own Email address
  5. Type in your own Cellphone number
  6. Accept terms and conditions Tick the box provided, to allow NSFAS to check the information provided (compulsory)
  7. Create a Password, To (protect your account)

ID number, Names and Surname is validated against the Department of Home Affairs database. Only valid South African ID information will be accepted.

Easy steps to get your funding:

Take note of the below important documents needed to complete the application:

1. Once the student has created an account/profile and captured the required information, they click on apply and the screen above appears. Student should fill in the fathers’ details, if the field applies to them and Click Next

2. Student should fill in the mothers’ details only if this field applies to them and click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

3. Married students with spouses should fill in the required details and Click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

4. Students with guardians should fill in the required information and Click Next, if this field does not apply to the student, they can Click Next

5. Once the student has completed all required fields and steps, the student will be required to upload the necessary documents, upon completion student can Click Next

6. Student should confirm if the details and documents uploaded are correct and submit

Final Step: Once student clicks on “Submit” the application will be submitted successfully

Who qualifies for the Bursary?

You qualify for a NSFAS bursary if you are a South African citizen who plans to study in 2023 or you are already studying at a public university or TVET college and you meet the following requirements:

  1. SASSA grant recipients or
  2. Your combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year or
  3. Person with a disability with a combined household income of not more than R600 000 per year or
  4. Student who begun their university studies before 2018 and their household income is not more than R122 000 per year


Once your funding application becomes successful, NSFAS will cover your costs for:

#1. Accommodation

#2. Transport

#3. Living allowance

#4. Book allowance

#5. Incidental/personal care allowance

  If you are studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA) you will receive funding for:


Books (subject to the number of modules registered)

Personal care allowance

What is required during the Application Process?

NSFAS may need more information from you to process your application, check what supporting documents are required and ensure that you have all the relevant information:

You will need the following to complete your NSFAS application:

  1. Your own cellphone number and email address
  2. Copy of your ID or birth certificate
  3. ID copies of parents, guardian or spouse (If applicable)
  4. Your proof of income or 1 year’s IRP5 (if applicable)
  5. Your parents, guardian or spouse’s proof of income
  6. If you are a SASSA grant recipient, no proof of income will be required
  7. Applicants with a disability must submit a completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form, click here to download
  8. An applicant who is recognised as a Vulnerable Child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form, click here to download.

How to Apply:

Get started by creating a new account.

Step 1. Log onto www.nsfas.org.za

Step 2. Click on ‘register’

Step 3. Complete the required fields (ID number, cellphone number and email address)

Step 4. Upload a copy of your ID or birth certificate. If you are uploading a copy of a Smart ID, please ensure that both sides are visible on the copy

Contact us:

  • Toll Free: 08000 67327 | [email protected]
  • NSFAS is a registered credit provider in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 (NCRP 2655)