South Africa extends student funding deadline to 2022 – here’s how to apply

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has extended its deadline for student financial aid to January 21, 2022.

The NSFAS was established to provide financial aid to eligible students from poor families and the working class. It provides fully subsidized funding to poor and working class students at public universities.

The scholarship covers the full cost of studies, including tuition, registration, learning materials, meal allowance, accommodation / travel allowance, and personal care allowance.

The application process for 2022 opened on November 2, 2021 and to date more than 600,000 applications have been received from applicants who intend to continue their post-school studies at one of the 50 colleges of TVET and 26 public universities. At least 505,820 are first-time applicants, the fund said.

Potential applicants are urged to take this opportunity as there will be no further extension of the application deadline, the fund said.

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, you must be:

  • A South African citizen;
  • Recipients of SASSA grants (SASSA Covid-19 grant does not count);
  • Persons whose combined household income does not exceed Rand 350,000 per year;
  • Persons living with a disability whose combined household income does not exceed R 600,000 per year.
  • A permanent resident – A person who is in possession of a valid permanent residence permit issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

The supporting documents required include:

  • All applicants must provide a copy of their ID. Smart identity cards: a double-sided copy of the smart identity card must be provided;
  • A temporary identity document issued by the Ministry of the Interior
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide identity copies of parent (s), legal guardian / guardian or spouse;
  • Proof of income: Applicant and / or parents / legal guardian / spouse (if applicable (non-SASSA) must provide the last payslip not older than three months, UIF letter, letter of appointment, letter of termination (applicant and / or parent (s), legal guardian / spouse).

How can students apply?

  • NSFAS applications are submitted online through the myNSFAS portal (, where students can submit their applications using their smartphone or computer.
  • To apply, you must create a myNSFAS account online, then go to the application tab where you enter your personal data.
  • Applicants should ensure that they receive a reference number when submitting their application, as proof that their applications have been submitted successfully.
  • If you don’t have a digital device or internet access, you can go to the nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Center to apply by following the same steps.

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