Nsfas Most Frequently Asked Questions For 2024 Applicants

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Nsfas Most Frequently Asked Questions For 2024 Applicants

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is one of the most reputable entities in South Africa, with the job or task of providing funding to students in universities and colleges. This bursary program allows students to obtain funds to help with their post-secondary education.

They have been consistent in providing funds to students each academic year. For the scheme to provide funds for their students, you must qualify or be funded on merit by meeting some requirements before or after securing funds.

Your allowances, such as housing, transportation, learning materials, and other expenses, will be paid by the scheme if you are approved. The scheme pays its students’ tuition and registration fees every academic year.

Prospective applicants can view some of the most frequently asked questions by previous applicants in this post, which will help them unlock their doubts and questions. We also included the answers provided by the scheme’s managers in this article.

Some Selected Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of Nsfas

Question: Can I apply for NSFAS now for 2024?


You can only submit an NSFAS application when the application portal is active and available. When the NSFAS application opens in November 2023, you can get the application form and application link. We’ll notify you as soon as the application for the academic year 2024 becomes available.

Question: When should I apply for NSFAS 2024?


If you are a South African citizen, enrolled or about to enroll in a public university or Tvet College, and your household gross annual income is not more than R350,000, you may apply for NSFAS in November 2023. The deadline for submitting all application documents is February 28, 2024

Question: What are the requirements to apply?


  • Must be a South African citizen / permanent resident
  • Combined gross household income should not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • Combined gross household income (persons living with disabilities) should not exceed R600 000 per annum
  • SASSA recipients automatically qualify for financial eligibility
  • Must have email and cell phone number

Question: What are the required documents?


  • Copy of student ID / Birth certificate
  • Copy of parent/s or guardian/ spouse ID
  • Smart card: both sides of the card required
  • Proof of income (where applicable)
  • Persons living with disability (Disability Annexure A form)
  • An applicant who is recognised as a vulnerable child by the Department of Social Development must provide a completed Vulnerable Child Declaration form completed by a social worker
  • An applicant who has indicated that s/he has no family member details and or abridged birth certificate must complete the Declaration: Non-SASSA

Question: How to apply?


  • Enjoy the convenience of any time, anywhere online application from your phone, tablet, or computer. Registration and application are free and easy.
  • Your ID number is your username. Please keep all your personal information in a safe place

Questions: Why must adult applicants (self-sufficient/estranged from parents) complete the Declaration: Non-SASSA?


  • According to South African law, biological parents are primarily responsible for the maintenance, including education, of their biological children (including those over the age of 18), regardless of the relationship between parents or the relationship between parents and their children.

Question: Why must students choose 3 institutions? What are the benefits to the student and NSFAS?


  • The information enables NSFAS to share funding-related information with all institutions to which the applicant has applied.

Questions: Why must students choose 3 fields of study? What are the benefits to the student and NSFAS?


  • This data will be used to better understand applicant study decisions. Additionally, this information may enable NSFAS to refer unsuccessful applicants to other funders.

Question: Students currently funded 2022 but not registered, own registered MyNSFAS account – will they log in with current credentials on the new portal?


  • No, the student must create a new profile. The username will then be converted into the student’s ID number

Question: Currently under evaluation and needs to upload supporting docs, can students upload once have logged in?

Answer:  Yes

Question: Students funded and needed to change qualifications/institutions will they be able to apply as returning students?

Answer: Yes

  • They should be able to, but Nsfas will need confirmation that they have been migrated.

Question: How and where to apply for NSFAS Funding?


You can apply online via www.nsfas.org.za using a cellphone, tablet or computer. Follow these simple steps to apply:

  • Go to www.nsfas.org.za and click on the ‘myNSFAS’ tab.
  • Create a myNSFAS account
  • Click on the ‘APPLY’ tab and complete the sections on the screen
  • Upload required supporting documents where applicable
  • Click on ‘Submit

Question: I applied last year, and I was not approved for funding. Can I apply for 2024?

Answer: Yes

  •  If you applied for NSFAS in 2023 or prior years and your application was not approved but you still need funding for 2024, you may apply again if they meet the funding criteria.

Question: How long does it take for NSFAS to verify my information with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)?


  • The verification of your ID number, name and surname is done immediately when creating your myNSFAS account. They use the verified details from DHA, if the information is incorrect, you will need to contact DHA to rectify it.

Question: What if I have an existing myNSFAS account but I have forgotten my old username, password and cellphone number? How do I reset my profile?


Follow the steps below to reset your myNSFAS login details:

  • Go to: www.nsfas.org.za, click on ‘myNSFAS’ and then click on ‘forgot password
  • Type in your ID number, choose what you require help with: password, username, or both, and then click on submit.
  • The username and the link to change your password will be sent via SMS and email.
  • Open the link and you’ll be redirected to the reset password page.
  • Reset your password by following the prompts on your screen

Question: I am not receiving the One Time Pin (OTP). How do I access it?


  • You can click on the option to resend an OTP for another one to be sent to you.

Question: How can I fill NSFAS application form?


Filling out the NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) application form is a critical step in securing financial assistance for your higher education in South Africa. Follow these steps to complete the application form:

Gather Required Documents:

Before you begin the application process, ensure you have the necessary documents, such as your South African ID, ID copies of your parents/guardians, and other supporting documents. These documents are essential for verifying your eligibility.

Access the NSFAS Application Form:

You can access the NSFAS application form online through the NSFAS website. Make sure you are using the official NSFAS website to avoid any fraudulent websites.

Register an Account:

If you’re a first-time applicant, you will need to register an account on the NSFAS website. Provide a valid email address and create a strong password. You’ll receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

Log In:

After registering, log in to your NSFAS account with your email and password.

Start a New Application:

Once you’re logged in, select “Apply for Funding.” This will initiate a new application.

Personal Information:

Fill in your details, including your name, contact information, and South African ID number. Ensure that the information is accurate and up to date.

Academic Information:

Provide details about your intended course of study, the institution you plan to attend, and the year of study. You will also need to specify if you’re a first-time applicant or if you’ve previously received NSFAS funding.

Family and Household Information:

Supply information about your family and household, including the income and expenses of your parents or guardians. This information is used to assess your eligibility for funding.

Supporting Documents:

Upload scanned copies of the required supporting documents, including your South African ID, ID copies of your parents/guardians, and other relevant documents. Make sure the documents are clear and legible.


Read and agree to the NSFAS declaration, which includes consent for NSFAS to verify your information with relevant authorities.

Review and Submit:

Carefully review all the information you’ve entered and the documents you’ve uploaded. Make any necessary corrections. Once you’re sure everything is accurate, click the “Submit” button.


After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email from NSFAS. This email will contain important details about the status of your application and what to expect next.

Application Status:

You can check the status of your application on the NSFAS website. Be patient, as it may take some time for your application to be processed

Reach out to the scheme via the following handles

  • Email: info@nsfas.org.za
  • Facebook:National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • Twitter: @myNSFAS
  • Instagram: @myNSFAS

For more information about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), visit the official website

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