NSFAS Guidelines 2025-2026

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NSFAS Guidelines 2025-2026

NSFAS Guidelines 2025-2026

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is an integral part of ensuring that South African students can receive excellent higher education opportunities. As we near the year 2025, both current and prospective students need to remain informed about the most recent NSFAS guidelines. NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) guidelines are the rules, regulations, eligibility criteria, and application procedures set by NSFAS for students applying for financial assistance in South Africa.

This all-inclusive article intends to offer you a thorough comprehension of the NSFAS guidelines for 2025, empowering you to make well-informed choices regarding your educational path.

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Application Opening Date And Deadline for NSFAS 2025-2026

The NSFAS application portal for the 2025-2026 academic year opens on November 21, 2024, therefore the application portal is currently open and accepting applications from eligible students of South Africa who are in dire need of financial assistance to complete their higher educational qualification.

The application portal is scheduled to close on January 31, 2025, therefore all prospective applicants are advised to submit the applications before the closing date as NSFAS may not consider late applications for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria For NSFAS Assistance 2025-2026

To be considered eligible for NSFAS assistance in 2025, 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 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.

The Application Process for NSFAS 2025-2026

The primary method for applying to NSFAS in 2025 is through an online platform.  Follow these procedures to successfully apply for NSFAS online:

  • Create a profile:

Create a myNSFAS account via this link: https://my.nsfas.org.za/ 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

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Documents Required To Apply For NSFAS 2025-2026

NSFAS applicants for the 2025-2026 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.

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What Does NSFAS Funding Cover 2025-2026?

Depending on each student’s unique study condition, the costs reimbursed may include tuition, registration, and allowances. NSFAS provides tuition and registration assistance to all eligible students. Students who are NSFAS-funded and choose to study at a university will get additional allowances to cover the costs of books, transportation, housing, food, and personal care. Students who are NSFAS-funded and choose to study at a TVET institution will get additional allowances to cover the costs of transportation, accommodation (including food), and personal care.

NSFAS-funded students with disabilities get funds based on the TVET and university allowance list, which includes supporting items such as wheelchairs, special computer devices, and human help based on the student’s needs. Applicants who are approved for NSFAS funding are covered for:

  • Registration fees
  •  Tuition fees after your funding is confirmed, you may also receive allowances for the following:
  • Living allowance
  • Learning Material
  • Personal Care
  • Accommodation or Transport


NSFAS Contact Information

  • Website: www.nsfas.org.za
  • Email: info@nsfas.org.za
  • 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

Applicants may easily go through the application procedure by familiarizing themselves with the NSFAS Guidelines for the academic year 2025-2026, enhancing their chances of getting the financial help required to accomplish their educational objectives. For more details check the official website of NSFAS. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly leave a comment below in the comment section.


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