How Much Is NSFAS Funding 2025-2026?

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How Much Is NSFAS Funding 2025-2026?

How much does NSFAS give students per month, How Much Is NSFAS Funding 2025-2026?

NSFAS holds immense importance in facilitating the educational aspirations of many South African students annually. For the 2025-2026 academic year, many of students and their families are keen to understand the financial aid possibilities that NSFAS offers.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides financial aid to South African students, hence increasing access to quality education. As anticipation for the academic year 2025-2026 builds, potential candidates must comprehend the dynamics of NSFAS funding.

READ: Criteria For NSFAS 2025/2026

How Much NSFAS Pay 2025-2026?

For the upcoming year, NSFAS will allocate R24,000 per annum to TVET students residing in urban areas, R18,900 to those in peri-urban areas, and R15,750 to students in rural areas. Additionally, an allowance of R5,200 will be provided specifically for books, while a living allowance of R15,000 will also be granted. Here is a breakdown of NSFAS funding for 2025-2026;


  • Accommodation 
As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7 500  per annum
  •  Living allowance R15, 000  per annum
  • Book allowances R5200 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance of R2900 per annum for students in catered residences


  •  Accommodation in an urban area is R24,000 per annum
  • Accommodation in a peri-urban area R18,900 per annum
  • Accommodation in a rural area is R15,750 per annum
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7,350  per annum
  • Transport R7000 per annum
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum

Eligibility Criteria For NSFAS 2025/2026

To be considered for NSFAS funding during the 2025-2026 academic year, potential students must fulfil specific eligibility requirements. These requirements encompass the following aspects:

  • 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.

Application Process  For NSFAS Funding 2025/2026

The application window typically opens several months before the commencement of the academic year. Presented below is a step-by-step outline of the application process:

  • 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 Funding 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

READ MORE: Where To Upload NSFAS Documents 2025

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

Visit the NSFAS Official website here for more information. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly share your thoughts below in the comment section.


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