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The University’s Financial Aid office will upload all academic results, when available, to NSFAS for those students who have completed the 2020 academic year.

NSFAS provides all institutions with a list of approved students for 2021 (50% + meeting NSFAS requirements).

Once a student number is linked to this status, an SMS will be automatically released to inform the students to proceed with registration.

Financial Aid inserts the NSFAS status, if funded, which will allow students to proceed with registration.

No down payment/registration deposit is needed if funded.

NSFAS students funded for 2020 with outstanding debt, will be allowed to register for 2021.

To those students who are waiting for re-exams, if you meet NSFAS requirements, you will wait for the same procedure, and if approved, will go for late registration. Your re-exam results must also go via NSFAS for them to receive the NSFAS status.

NB! Financial aid is in NO position to grant funding status without NSFAS approval.


The matric results will only be available from 23 February 2021 and thereafter, the University’s Admissions office can finalise applicants’ admission status.

The Financial Aid office will start uploading all admission data lists and thereafter NSFAS will finalise the funding statuses for 2021.

Students who have applied to NSFAS for their 2021 studies are urged to regularly monitor the MyNSFAS PORTAL to check that the Funded Status if approved for the 2021 academic year.

It is important to note that the Financial Aid office does not receive and process NSFAS applications and works with confirmed funding statuses as received from NSFAS. That said however, Financial Aid remains committed to helping students to access the funding assistance for which they qualify.

NB! First year students rejected directly by NSFAS due to income or any other reason, need to engage directly with the NSFAS office pertaining to the appeals’ process (application review). This appeal is directly with NSFAS and not with the University's Financial Aid Office.


A MEMO for students funded in 2020 will be released on behalf of Financial Aid when the appeal process is open with a link to apply for an appeal online and all the documents to be uploaded  Please note that all students who appealed, will go through with late registration depending on the outcome of the appeal. Notification will be sent via SMS.

If the student meets the NSFAS Progression Rules, NSFAS will record the approved students on the NSFAS Funded List, which will allow the Financial Aid office to load the necessary registration statuses for Academic and Accommodation.


NSFAS pays tuition fees and on-campus accommodation/off-campus accredited accommodation. 

After you have registered for your course, the Financial Aid Office will allocate the allowances and transfer the allocations to Intellicard.

This will allow you to purchase your books with the total amount allocated.

All transport and living allowances are paid monthly (example: total allowances R27700 = R2700 per month for ten months)

NSFAS does not cover gym, interests, societies, library books lost and re-exams.

No previous year’s balances are paid by NSFAS.

Nelson Mandela Metro residence students are not allowed to register for accommodation.

NB! Please check your registered modules that they are correct and that you are registered for the full academic year.

Students from out of town must check that their residences are registered through the Off-Campus Housing Office or no accommodation costs will be covered. You will be liable for payment to the landlord if accommodation is not registered on your student account. Take note that full costs of studies, including accommodation, (as approved by NSFAS) are claimed as they appears on your student account. This will take place before middle March 2021. If accommodation costs are not registered, no claim for accommodation will be submitted.

Private accommodation will not be paid and students in private accommodation will receive only transport allowances.

If errors in payment occur, and the student has utilised the funds, it will be debited to your students account and you will be liable for the debt. If you are not sure if you qualify for the allowance, please consult with the Financial Aid Office before using the funds.

Funds due to NSFAS students will be communicated as soon as the NSFAS guidelines are available.


For students funded by multiple bursaries/sponsors and NSFAS - your fees are adjusted accordingly, as you are not eligible for both.

For students with a partial bursary, NSFAS will serve as a top up.

For students with full bursaries, NSFAS will be returned.

Credit balances of NSFAS are returned to NSFAS and cannot be paid out to the student.

NSFAS contact details for students

Contact Centre: 0800 067 327


Intellicard: 087 2300 161

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What is The National Student Financial Aid Scheme? (NSFAS)

NSFAS was established in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Act 56 of 1999)

The mission statement is made up of three well defined elements, which describe why NSFAS exists and its impact on the people it serves:

  • NSFAS exists to provide financial aid to eligible students at public TVET colleges and public universities;
  • NSFAS identifies eligible students, provides bursaries and collects past student loan repayments to replenish the funds available for future generations of students; and,
  • NSFAS supports access to, and success in, higher education and training for students from poor and working-class families who would otherwise not be able to afford to study.

NSFAS Applications for the 2020 academic year have closed. 2021 NSFAS application dates will be communicated on all NSFAS social media platforms and on

NSFAS students and prospective NSFAS students are required to open and regularly check their myNSFAS accounts for NSFAS funding related information.

To log into your myNSFAS go to, go to the myNSFAS tab and follow the log in process explained on screen.

Follow us on social media for the latest NSFAS information:

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Twitter: myNSFAS
Instagram: myNSFAS

Our Toll Free number is: 08000 67327


What does the bursary cover?

  • Accommodation
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution)
  • Living allowance
  • Book allowances
  • Incidental/personal care allowance
  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Funded students with disabilities need to submit claims for Assistive Devices and Human Support directly to the university’s Student Support Services/Financial Aid office.

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Persons with a disability with a combined household income not more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who have started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum


Additional support:

NSFAS funded students who have a disability are further supported through an additional allowance.

Please contact the Disability Unit or Financial Aid Office at your university for assistance.

Below are the Additional Allowances;

  • Medical Assessment: Limited to one assessment for the duration of the qualification and on request by the Disability Unit/ Student Support
  • Assistive Devices: Limited to one Assistive Device for the duration of study. 
  • Human Support: To cover for the cost of a caregiver, guide dog, scribe, tutor or sign language interpreter