Can Foreigners Apply For NSFAS 2024

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Can Foreigners Apply For NSFAS 2024

Can Foreigners Apply For NSFAS 2024, Can Foreigners Apply For NSFAS

Are you a non-South African student wondering if you can apply for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)? In this article, we will explore the eligibility criteria and financial aid opportunities available for foreigners.

NSFAS funding is only available to South African citizens and permanent residents who have a valid South African ID number and are registered at an accredited institution.  NSFAS is a South African government project that aims to make higher education available to all competent students, regardless of financial circumstances. Its primary focus is on South African citizens. By understanding the eligibility requirements and application process, you can gain valuable insights into whether you can apply for NSFAS and access the financial support you need to pursue higher education in South Africa.

READ: NSFAS Forms For 2024 PDF

Eligibility Criteria for NSFAS 2024

NSFAS primarily focuses on providing financial assistance to South African citizens and permanent residents. Only qualified students who have applied to and been accepted at public universities and TVET colleges for an approved sponsored program will get financial aid from NSFAS.  Therefore, to be eligible for NSFAS Funds, you must  fall into the following categories;

  • South African citizens or permanent residents
  • SASSA grant recipients
  • Applicants whose combined gross household income is not more than R350 000 per year
  • Persons with disabilities whose combined gross household income is not more than R600 000 per year.
  • Must have an email account and cell phone number.

READ HERE; Application Dates For NSFAS 2024-2025

Application Process for NSFAS Funds 2024

DSouth African citizens who meet the eligibility criteria for NSFAS may apply for financial assistance for the 2024 academic year. To apply fr NSFAS, Follow the steps below;

  • Create a profile:

Create a myNSFAS account via this link: or download the NSFAS App on Google Play or App Store. Your ID number will be your username.

  • Apply now:

Click on the ‘Apply’ tab to update your personal information and upload your application supporting documents, as indicated.

  • Complete:

Submit your application

SEE MORE: NSFAS Consent Form PDF 2024

Required Documents To Apply For NSFAS 2024

NSFAS Applicants are required to upload supporting documents to complete their application. The documents required are:

  • Students with disabilities must provide:

A completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form.

  • Students recognised as vulnerable children must provide:

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.

  • Other documents that may be required, if applicable:
  1. Retrenchment letter
  2. Death certificate/s
  3. Divorce Decree
  4. Proof of legal guardianship
  5. Marriage certificate
other documents may be required for appeal purposes eg retrenchment letter

READ: NSFAS Necessary Documents 2024-2025

NSFAS Contact

all other queries regarding students:

  • Tel No.: 08000 67327
  • Physical Address
  • The Halyard, 4 Christiaan Barnard St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

Understanding the specific eligibility criteria and following the application process with the required documentation is very important for South African students seeking financial aid through NSFAS as the NSFAS financial Aid scheme is solely for South African citizens or permanent residents. Visit NSFAS Official website here. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly leave a comment below in the comment section.


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