How Much Is Accommodation Allowance From NSFAS 2025

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How Much Is Accommodation Allowance From NSFAS 2025

How Much Is Accommodation Allowance From NSFAS 2025: NSFAS Payment Date

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) helps to give support to people from low financial backgrounds in South Africa to further their education. the bursary covers tuition fees and other related expenses,  NSFAS extends its support by offering an accommodation allowance, which assists students in meeting their housing costs. NSFAS provides accommodation allowances to qualifying students who meet the criteria for the allowance.

This article aims to explore the specifics of NSFAS accommodation allowances, including eligibility criteria and the estimated amount students can anticipate receiving.

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Accommodation Allowance From NSFAS 2025

NSFAS disburses funds to cover the cost of accommodation for TVET Colleges and university beneficiaries who stay on and off campus. The following amounts are given out;

UNIVERSITY Beneficiaries

  1. Accommodation: As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  2. Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7 500  per annum

TVET Beneficiaries

  1. Accommodation in an urban area is R24,000 per annum
  2. Accommodation in a peri-urban area is R18,900 per annum
  3. Accommodation in a rural area is R15,750 per annum

NOTE: Students who are granted the accommodation allowance should manage the funds carefully to pay for their accommodations after it has been approved. Notifying NSFAS of any changes to the living arrangement—such as relocating to another residence or neighbourhood—should happen as soon as possible. 

Eligibility Criteria For NSFAS Accommodation Allowance 2025

To be eligible for the accommodation allowance provided by NSFAS, students must fulfil specific prerequisites. These requirements consist of the following:

  • South African Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • 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.

Applying For The Accommodation Allowance

To apply for the accommodation allowance, eligible students must follow these steps:

  • 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.

Documents Required To Apply For NSFAS Fund For Accommodation

To apply for NSFAS for the 2025-2026 academic year, the following documents are required;

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

READ: NSFAS Allowance 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

The NSFAS accommodation allowance is a vital assistance mechanism for students who face financial difficulties while pursuing higher education. Beneficiaries must understand the qualifying requirements, application procedure, and ongoing duties to make the most of this support. Check the official website for more information. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly share your thoughts below in the comment section.


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