National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS): Bursaries 2024

December 19, 2023

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Bursary Description

National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) invites South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2024

Bursary Application Closing date is 30 January 2024.

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

You qualify for a NSFAS bursary if you are a South African citizen who plans to study in 2024 or you are already studying at a public University or TVET college and you 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 email account and cell phone number.

NSFAS will cover your costs for:

  • Accommodation
  • Living allowance
  • Learning material allowance
  • Personal care allowance

If you are studying at the University of South Africa (UNISA) you will receive funding for: 

  • Tuition,
  • Books (subject to the number of modules registered)
  • Personal care allowance

If you are eligible student with disability, you will receive funding for: 

  • Assistive Devices,
  • Meals,
  • Tuition,
  • Transport,
  • Tuition,
  • Human Support
  • Accommodation

How to apply

Application can be done Online at: NSFAS: Bursary Application Form 2024

NB. The correct supporting documents are important in ensuring that NSFAS process your funding application in time for your registration at an institution of higher learning.

Required Documents:

Take note of the below important documents needed to complete the application:

  • All applicants must provide a copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted.
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse.
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided.
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide latest payslip not older 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse).
  • Person with disabilities: to complete Disability Annexure A form.