What Are The Requirements To Qualify for NSFAS 2025

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What Are The Requirements To Qualify for NSFAS 2025

how to apply for nsfas; What Are The Requirements To Qualify for NSFAS 2025/2026

As the 2025-2026 academic year approaches, South African students eager to pursue higher education may find themselves seeking financial support to realize their dreams. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) serves as a vital resource, assisting eligible students who require financial aid. If you’re considering applying for NSFAS funding for the upcoming academic year, it’s important to understand the requirements that determine your eligibility.

this blog will explore the essential requirements for qualifying for NSFAS 2025-2026, equipping you with the knowledge to apply successfully.

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NSFAS Eligibility Requirement 2025/2026

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) serves as a lifeline for many South African students aspiring to pursue higher education but facing financial constraints. If you’re planning to apply for NSFAS funding for the 2024-2025 academic year, it’s important to know the eligibility requirements provided below;

  • 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.

Academic Eligibility Requirement For NSFAS 2025/2026

To be eligible for NSFAS funding to study at a TVET college, you must have completed Grades 9 to 12, and Grade 12 to study at a university or TVET college. If you are approved for NSFAS funding, you must first complete the academic admission requirements set by the university or TVET institution before NSFAS will provide you with any funds.

NSFAS primarily supports students who display academic potential but lack the financial means to pursue higher education. To meet the academic eligibility criteria, you must have completed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an equivalent qualification, attaining satisfactory results. Your matriculation certificate plays a significant role in establishing your academic eligibility for NSFAS funding.

Required Documents To Apply For NSFAS 2025/2026

Supporting documents required for the 2025-2026 application are listed below:

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

NOTE: Based on the application type, the system will generate a list of required documents for upload.

NSFAS Application Process 2025-2026

Follow the steps below to apply for NSFAS funding for the 2025-2026 academic year;

  • 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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NSFAS Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Does the NSFAS funding cover short courses at universities

No. NSFAS funding covers approved funded programmes at universities which are all undergraduate qualifications i.e. degree and diploma.

  • When will application results be communicated?

Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS receives confirmation from the Institution that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to you before the start of the academic year via SMS, email and through your myNSFAS account.

  • How to update your contact details

To update your cellphone number or email address, log on to your myNSFAS account using your Username (email address) and password. Once you have logged in click Personal Details on the top of your screen. You will then be able to update your cellphone number and email address.

NSFAS Contact

 all other queries regarding students:

  • Tel No.: 08000 67327
  • Email:info@nsfas.org.za
  • Physical Address
  • The Halyard, 4 Christiaan Barnard St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

Understanding the requirements to qualify for NSFAS 2025-2026 is essential for South African students seeking financial aid for higher education. By meeting the criteria of South African citizenship or permanent residency, demonstrating academic eligibility, showcasing financial need, completing the application form accurately, and providing the necessary supporting documents, you can enhance your chances of securing NSFAS funding. Visit the official website of NSFAS for more information. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly share your thoughts below in the comment section.


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