Opening Date For NSFAS 2025-2026

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Opening Date For NSFAS 2025-2026

Opening Date For NSFAS 2025-2026, Opening Date For NSFAS

Aspiring South African students eagerly anticipate the opening date for NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) applications, a crucial step in securing financial assistance for higher education.

In this article, we will explore the importance of staying informed about the opening date and provide you with valuable insights to help you prepare for the application process. By being proactive and aware of the application date and deadline, you can increase your chances of receiving the financial aid you need to pursue your educational goals.

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NSFAS Application Opening Date 2025-2026

The NSFAS Application portal will OPEN from 21st November 2024 to JANUARY 31st 2025. Submit your applications now if you are interested and eligible for assistance from NSFAS for the 2025-2026 academic year.

NSFAS Eligibility Requirement 2025-2026

To qualify for NSFAS funding, you must 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.

How to Apply For NSFAS Online 2025/2026

Follow the steps below to apply online for NSFAS 2025-2026;

  • 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 Online 2025/2026

NSFAS Applicants are required to upload the following supporting documents;

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.

What Does The Bursary Cover 2025

Amounts indicated for accommodation, living allowance, transport and learning materials need to be aligned with the approved latest DHET guidelines.


  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
  3. Living allowance R15, 000  per annum
  4. Book allowances R5200 per annum
  5. Incidental/personal care allowance of R2900 per annum for students in catered residences


  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
  4. Transport (up to 40 km from the institution) R7,350  per annum
  5. Transport R7000 per annum
  6. Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per annum.

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Tips for a Successful Application 2025/2026

To increase your chances of a successful application, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Submit early: Aim to submit your application as soon as the application period opens. This will allow ample time for review, address any potential issues promptly, and avoid the last-minute rush or technical difficulties.
  •  Accuracy is key: Ensure that all the information provided in your application is accurate and up to date. Double-check details such as personal information, financial documentation, and academic records to avoid any discrepancies.
  •  Seek assistance if needed: If you encounter any challenges during the application process, reach out to the NSFAS helpline or visit their offices for guidance. You can also seek assistance from your educational institution’s financial aid office, which can provide valuable support and address any concerns.

NSFAS Contact For general, student and NSFAS Wallet enquiries

For all other queries regarding students:

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

Securing financial aid through NSFAS can significantly impact your educational journey. By staying informed about the opening date for NSFAS applications and following the recommended steps, you can increase your chances of receiving the financial support you need. NSFAS’s Official website here for more information. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly leave a comment below in the comment section.


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