National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) online applications can be daunting when done under the wire. The key to avoiding the last-minute stress is to prepare all the necessary documents in time because the actual application can be filled in about 30 minutes.
However, do give yourself enough time to avoid any unnecessary mistakes that could affect the outcome of your application.
Step-by-step guide for NSFAS online application
NSFAS applications usually open at the beginning of August and close at the end of November. Therefore, if you know you are planning to register at a public university/TVET college, this is everything you will need to complete your application.
Firstly, you will need to visit the NSFAS application site to register and create a myNSFAS personal online account, which will give you access to the official online application. You will see the “apply” tab.
Once you have done this, you will need to download a consent form which will essentially require you to provide personal information about you and the employment status of your parent/guardian. Signing this form gives NSFAS the consent to verify all the details provided.
Documents needed for NSFAS online application
Including the consent form, these are the rest of the documents that you will need.
- Matric Certificate
- Identity Document/Birth Certificate
- Last Academic Results
- Proof of parents income (If parent/s employed)
- Death Certificate/s (If parent/s deceased)
- Doctor’s Certificate (If permanently disabled)
Please note that NSFAS can decide to make new updates to the application process, just be aware of these changes. However, this is the general process and documents needed when applying both online and manually.
Once you have applied, check your myNSFAS account regularly to track the status of your application. Good luck and all the best on your new chapter.