2019 Applications

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is bursary scheme that provides you with financial assistance to further your studies and realise your dreams.
Click here to apply

When applying for the Bursary Scheme, please have the following ready.


Ensure that you have electronic (and certified copies) of the following:
  • Your South African ID document/card or an unabridged birth certificate (if you do not have a green bar-coded ID or smart ID card)
  • ID of parents and/or guardian or a death certificate where applicable
  • Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice stating income (not older than 3 months) (SASSA slips are not required and SASSA should not be included as household income)

Consent form

nsfas Please download and fill in the consent form with your parent / guardian's signatures. Applications without a consent form that is signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application will not be accepted, and will be considered as incomplete.

Download the consent form


Contact details

NSFAS requires that you provide a cell phone number or an email address so that NSFAS can communicate with you during the application process, and to inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have a disability, please download the Disability Annexure A form and submit it with your application.
Download Disability Annexure A

Orphaned learners / students
If your are orphaned, please download and complete the NSFAS Declaration Form. The form should be signed by a social worker from the Department of Social Development or an Isibindi Child Youth Care Worker and submit it at any NYDA office or Isibindi CentreDownload the Declaration form

Where to apply

* Apply online by click here
* Visit the nearest NYDA Centre
* Apply on campus at the Financial Aid Office or computer lab

Online applications

Step 1 - Create your myNSFAS account
Create a myNSFAS account

  • You will need to create a username and password, which you will use to log in to your myNSFAS account to update your details.
  • To complete the register process you will need a cellphone number and email address
  • If you do not have an email address, you can easily create a gmail address, by clicking here.
Step 2 - click the APPLY tab and complete the application form
Once you have registered, click the APPLY tab and you will be taken to the online 2018 application form. Read the form carefully, and start to fill in your particulars.

IMPORTANT! Before filling in the application form, you will need to have scanned copies of all the supporting documents. These supporting documents must be uploaded.

When you have completely filled in the application form and attached all the supporting documents, click the Submit button, and wait to receive a reference number.

Drop and go

Step 1 - Vist your local NYDA office
Visit your provincial/regional NYDA centre/office where you will be given a paper application form to fill in. Ask the NYDA centre workers to explain the application process to you, and read the paper application form to familiarise yourself with it.
Step 2 - Fill in the form and attach your supporting documents
  • Use black ink to fill in the application form and write within the blocks and with CAPITAL letters.
  • Do not cancel out any text and make sure you write clearly.
  • Your parents will need to sign the consent form.
  • Have certified copies of the listed supporting documents with you and attach them to the application form by stapling them together before submitting the application.
  • The documents must be certified on the front side of the page and should not be older than 3 months.
  • Sign the completed application form and take it to one of the assistants to check that everything is in place.
You will receive a small acknowledgement of receipt card, to which the assistant will attach a bar code (a duplicate bar code will also be attached to your application form).