I have dropped out at vista university due to lack of funding, and I have recently registered at unisa for bachelor degree, and I can’t settle my outstanding debt and I can’t continue with my studies due to this debt. I am unemployed and I am 50 years old, it is my wish to have formal qualifications. Does nsfas funding accommodate people like me.
• Please read these notes carefully before completing the
application form. Make sure that you read every section
and that the information you provide is accurate.
• You must write your identity (ID) number in the top righthand corner of every page of the application form and on
every page of all supporting documents.
• Application forms submitted without ALL supporting
documents will not be processed by NSFAS.
• NSFAS will process only the first application that we
receive. Please do not submit more than one application
unless NSFAS requests you to do so.
• NSFAS requires either a cell phone number or email
address in order to communicate with you during the
application process. If you do not already have an email
address, you can create a free email account on Google at
www.gmail.com, or on Yahoo at www.yahoo.co.za or any
other free email service.
• If your application is successful, NSFAS will use the cell
phone number which you write on the application form
to pay some of your student allowances by cell phone
• If you do not already have a bank account, please open
a bank account at any bank such as Postbank, ABSA,
Capitec, FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank or others. Some
student allowances will be paid into your bank account.
ANNUAL, FIRST SEMESTER & FIRST TRIMESTER
• The closing date for submitting applications and all
completed supporting documents for students who are
already studying at a university or FET college, but who are
applying for NSFAS financial aid for the first time, is
15 December for the following academic year.
• The closing date for learners to submit applications with
all completed supporting documents is 10 January of the
academic year for which they are registering.
SECOND SEMESTER REGISTRATION
• For new applicants who want to apply for financial aid
before the second semester registration, the closing date
for submitting applications and all completed supporting
documents is 15 June.
SECOND TRIMESTER AND THIRD TRIMESTER
• The closing date for applications and supporting
documents for new applicants for financial aid second
trimester registrations are 31 March and for third trimester
registrations are 31 July.
Please send your application form and all supporting
documents to NSFAS in any one of the following ways:
1. Hand in your completed application form and supporting
documents to the Financial Aid Office (FAO) at your
university or FET college.
2. Scan or email your completed application form and
supporting documents to NSFAS at
3. Fax your completed application and supporting documents
to NSFAS on 086 644 2822.
4. Post your completed application form and supporting
documents to NSFAS, Private Bag X4, Plumstead,
Western Cape, 7801.
Please Note: You must write your identity (ID)
number in the top right-hand corner of every page of
the application form and on every page of all of your
supporting documents. NSFAS will not be able to process
applications without an identity number.
If you require assistance in completing your application form,
• The NSFAS Contact Centre on 0860 067 327, or
• The Financial Aid Office at the university or FET
college where you wish to study.
• If you have a disability, you must complete Annexures
A and Annexure B and submit them with your application
• You must provide proof of your disability and a quotation
for assistive devices as supporting documents with the
application form. Funding for assistive devices follows the
same approval process as for financial aid.
• If you are successful in your application for financial aid
and you have received notice of the final approval amount
from NSFAS, you may arrange to purchase your assistive
device through the student disability unit at the university or
FET college where you are going to study. The university
or FET college can purchase the assistive device on your
• Please contact NSFAS on 0860 067 327 or visit your
university student disability unit to get information about
providers of assistive devices.
APPLICATION FORM FOR
NEW NSFAS APPLICANTS
NSFAS | Private Bag X4 | Plumstead 7801 | Cape Town | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.nsfas.org.za | Tel 0860 067 327 Fax: 086 644 2822
In order for your application to be processed, please ensure that you complete all sections of the application form and attach all
PLEASE NOTE: You must write your identity number in the top right-hand corner of every page of the application form and on
every page of all of your supporting documents in order for your application to be processed. NSFAS will not be able to process
applications without an ID number.
Please attach certified copies of the following documents: (All the certified copies of income must not be
older than 3 months) Your documents can be certified at the South African Police Service or the South African
* If you are under the age of 18 or if you are 18 and older and are still dependent on the household income of
your parent or legal guardian, then this also applies to you.
Certified proof of bank account. This can be a bank statement or letter from the bank where you have your
Certified copy of your Identity Document. Y
*Certified copy of Identity Document of each household member including parents or legal guardian. Y
If you are younger than 16 years of age and do not have a green bar-coded ID, you must submit a certified
copy of your birth certificate. Y
If you have been exempted from paying school fees, please provide a letter from the school informing NSFAS that
you have been exempted. Y
*Certified or official copy of recent payslip, letter of employment , not older than three months, of
each of your parents, or the person who supports you, or your guardian or yourself if you are employed.
This is for all types of employment. Proof of income of all members of the household. This includes any income
received from SASSA grants, Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), or any retirement, life, disability or other
benefits paid as a lump sum or in monthly payments.
Proof of residence – such as water and electricity accounts or other accounts. N
*If your parents or the person who supports you or your legal guardian are retired, please provide a copy of an
official pension slip or bank statement showing pension payment. Y
*If your parents or the person who supports you or your legal guardian works as an informal trader, please provide
an affidavit signed by them to confirm this employment. Y
If either of your parents is deceased, please provide a certified copy of the death certificate. N
If your parents are divorced or separated, please provide a statement detailing the maintenance order. Y
If your parents are divorced, please provide a certified copy of the divorce decree. N
If either of your parents does not live at home, please provide an affidavit explaining the reasons. N
If you are supported by someone who is not your parent or legal guardian, please provide an affidavit explaining
the reasons. Y
*Certified copy of a SASSA letter if any of your family members are receiving a social grant and are also
contributing to your household income. This also applies to your legal guardian. Y
*If you have indicated that a dependant in your household is a student, please provide proof of registration
or acceptance at the university or FET college for each dependant. Y
If you have a disability, please complete the supporting documents Annexure A and Annexure B and submit them
with your application form. Y
Certified copy of your latest academic transcript or exam results. If you are currently in Grade 12 you are excluded
from this requirement. Y