Supporting documents
If you have applied for #NSFAS2020 funding and received a request to submit supporting documents, log into your myNSFAS account to upload the required documents.

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Registration Fees
NSFAS pays the registration fees for NSFAS approved students. Should a NSFAS funded student pay a registration fee, NSFAS will not reimburse the student.

Appeal Process
All unsuccessful applicants will be allowed to appeal their 2020 NSFAS funding decision. The appeal process will be communicated.

NSFAS stories:

The higher education sector gets new leadership
Higher Education, Science and Technology led by Dr. Blade Nzimande.

The higher education sector gets new leadership

Four days after being inaugurated as the president of the Republic Of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, announced his Cabinet on Wednesday evening,May 29 2019.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme will now report under a new Ministry, that of Higher Education, Science and Technology led by Dr. Blade Nzimande and Deputy Minisister Buti Manamela.

Dr. Nzimande is not new to the higher education sector as he has been the Minister of Higher education and Training before.

50 unemployed graduates offered a stepping stone through the NSFAS-UIF partnership
In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand.

In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand. This fruitful partnership was officially launched today, May 03, in a media briefing held in the Western Cape Province.

This much needed opportunity in the form of a Graduate Programme, will see the 50 graduates being placed at NSFAS offices for a period of 12 months to gain work experience in their respectful fields.

“Youth unemployment has characterised the struggles of our young people in the past years and still continues to do so currently. As National Student Financial Aid Scheme, we are at the forefront of young people’s frustrations and are the first ones to see the impact of high numbers of graduates who have completed their studies but are unable to find employment”, NSFAS Administrator Dr. Randall Carolissen said during the launch. He added that NSFAS commends the UIF and the Department of Labour for this prestige opportunity in ensuring that graduates can play a part in the country’s economy. “This training programme is the first of its kind, and therefore needs to be celebrated”.

The launch was attended by the selected graduates, officials from UIF, NSFAS and Department of Labour whose Director-General Mr. Thobile Lamati gave a keynote address and expressed his gratitude to all involved. "These are unique opportunities that come once in a life time, grab these opportunities with both hands”, he advised the graduates.

The opportunity has been met with truly grateful hearts as the graduates have indicated how overjoyed and excited they are about it."Unemployment is a huge problem in South Africa and we are grateful to have been given an opportunity. This initiative will not go unnoticed" said Luchulumanco Nanto speaking on behalf of the graduates who are placed at NSFAS.

Another beneficiary, Andile Mtsibantu who is a Public Management B-tech graduate said she was grateful for the opportunity as she cannot wait to see what’s beyond the NSFAS doors. “I want to give back and serve the society”, she added.

The participants are expected to start working at their respective departments on May 6, 2019.

Required Supporting Documents

If you have received communication to upload outstanding supporting documents, please see the below list of required 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 also 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 also provide:
Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter)
3yrs IRP5

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

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

Have you got a new cell phone number or email address? You can easily update your details online & stay updated with NSFAS - log onto myNSFAS and update your details or create your myNSFAS account today. Click here to read more

Keep your details up-to-date

Students who wish to change their contact details can do so by:
  • Login to
  • On the already registered tab
  • Enter your username and Password Click on sign in button
  • Click on my personal details
  • Go to the cellphone number section
  • Delete and remove and type in the new cellphone number Click on update details
  • OTP will be sent to your new number
  • Enter OTP and submit
Number is successfully changed (if a duplicate number exists student will get an error message) Students who are unable to change their details online can use the manual process by emailing certified copy of their green barcoded ID or smart card, and a completed affidavit specifying that they have changed their cell phone number; with the new and old number listed to