Can NSFAS Fund Me Without Matric 2025-2026

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Can NSFAS Fund Me Without Matric 2025-2026

Can NSFAS Fund Me Without Matric 2025-2026

Were you unable to pass your grade 12 to qualify for a matric certificate? but you still have an interest in furthering your education and you need financial assistance? well, there is a belief that NSFAS bursary caters for individuals who were unable to pass their matric. to answer this question with a detailed explanation, I strongly recommend you to read below to know your way forward.

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Can NSFAS Fund Me Without Matric 2025-2026

NO. Traditionally, matric or an equivalent qualification has been a requirement for NSFAS funding. Therefore, without a matric, NSFAS may not be able to fund students. While most higher education institutions typically require matriculation as a requirement, the criteria for NSFAS funding extend beyond the possession of a matric certificate. NSFAS evaluates applicants based on various factors.

READ: NSFAS Application 2025-2026 Opening Date

Additional Factors Considered By NSFAS To Fund Students 2025-2026

NSFAS adopts a comprehensive approach when evaluating funding applications, taking into account various factors in addition to matriculation or alternative qualifications. These factors include:

  1. Means Test: NSFAS conducts a means test to assess the financial need of applicants. This evaluation considers the economic circumstances of the student’s family or household.
  2. Academic Performance: While not solely dependent on matriculation results, academic performance in previous educational endeavours such as bridging courses or higher certificate programs may influence NSFAS’s funding considerations.
  3. Funding Availability: The availability of funds is also a significant consideration. NSFAS’s budget is allocated to a large number of deserving students, and the availability of funds may impact funding decisions for applicants without a matric certificate.

Eligibility Requirements For NSFAS 2025-2026

To qualify for an NSFAS bursary you must be a South African citizen who plans to study in 2025 or you are already studying at a public university or TVET college and you meet the following requirements:

  • 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: NSFAS My Account 2025

Required Documents To Apply For NSFAS 2025-2026

NSFAS applicants for the 2024 academic year must submit the following documents as required of them to apply;

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 and Vulnerable Child Declaration form completed by a social worker

Other documents that may be required, if applicable:

  • Retrenchment letter
  • Death certificate/s
  • Divorce Decree
  • Proof of legal guardianship
  • Marriage certificate
  • other documents may be required for appeal purposes,….eg retrenchment letter.

How To Apply For NSFAS 2025-2026

Follow these procedures to successfully register for NSFAS online:

  • 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

READ: NSFAS Opening Date For 2025-2026

NSFAS Contact Information

  • Website:
  • Email:
  • South African students: 0860 067 327
  • International students: +27 21 763 3232
  • Physical Address: 10 Brodie Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa, 7700
  • Postal Address: Private Bag X1, Plumstead, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 7801


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