Students who qualify for NSFAS bursaries will receive allowances in the form of cell phone vouchers for food, travel, books and accommodation.
Download your sBux Guide, which explains how to use sBux

Students will be able to spend these vouchers at NSFAS registered merchants. Amounts are determined through consultation with institutions, allowances set out in the registration template provided by institutions to NSFAS.

  • If you are eligible for allowances, NSFAS will pay your allowances in the form of vouchers, which are sent to your cell phone.
  • The vouchers have a unique number and can only be used once.
  • You are able to spend these sBux vouchers at registered sBux merchants.
  • If you receive travel allowances, you are able to redeem cash vouchers at Shoprite, Checkers, Boxer, U-Save and select Spar stores.
  • You may not redeem food, books or private accommodation vouchers into cash.
What you will need to receive your NSFAS allowances via sBux?

• Your own cell phone and valid SIM card
• You must sign your NSFAS Bursary Agreement
• Ensure that your landlord is registered on sBux, if staying in private accommodation. Please download the merchant application pack.

How to get started (1st time users)?
• Receive an SMS welcoming you to sBux
• Verify your account by dialing *134*176# and reply with your ID number
• Receive a password that you will use when transacting
• Your vouchers will be made available for spending

Please note that only students studying at the following universities and TVET colleges receive their allowances through sBux:

  • Buffalo City TVET College
  • Central Johannesburg College
  • Coastal KZN TVET College
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Ekurhuleni East College
  • Ekurhuleni West College
  • King Hintsa Public TVET College
  • Motheo TVET College
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Orbit TVET College
  • Port Elizabeth College
  • Sedibeng College
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Umfolozi College
  • University of South Africa
  • University of Venda
  • Vhembe FET College
How to become a sBux Merchant?


For all queries, please contact the NSFAS Contact Centre on 08000 67327 or send your queries/feedback to
For forgotten passwords or change number requests, the Contact Centre will assist you