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2 January 2017 – Please note that NSFAS executive management has decided to open the second and last application window of application for financial aid as follows.

NSFAS will re-open for 2017 applications for all learners who have not applied during the 01 August – 30 November 2016 window period:

  • Applications for students who wish to study at TVET colleges will open from the 09 January 2017 and close on 14 February 2017; 
  • Applications for students who wish to study at universities will open from 09 January 2017 and close on 20 January 2017.


This is a great opportunity for all young people who missed the first application phase in 2016 and need NSFAS financial support to take advantage of this second opportunity and submit their applications for financial assistance as soon as possible.

Below please find an overview on where and how to submit your application.


4 November 2016 - On 30 November the 2017 applications for student financial aid will close and the National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) calls on all teachers and parents to remind Grade 12 learners to submit their applications before this date. 

Click here (PDF 300 KB) to read the full media statement on the 2017 applications as delivered by the NSFAS Executive Officer, Mr Msulwa Daca on 31 October. Some of the highlights of this statement include:


Introduction of centralised myNSFAS system

This year marks the 25th anniversary for NSFAS, during this time the organisation has supported 1.7 million students with bursaries and loans to the amount of R59 billion.

A 2010 review of NFSAS, which was ordered by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, assessed the strengths and shortcomings of the current scheme and advised the Minister on the short, medium, and long-term needs for student financial aid to promote the twin goals of equity of access and providing affordable undergraduate education to students from working class and economically disadvantaged communities who cannot afford further or higher education.

One of the outcomes of this review is the implementation of a centralised system for all NSFAS processes, myNSFAS, that all students can access online via Students now communicate with NFSAS directly and only have to apply once and be funded for the duration of their studies instead of having to apply before the start of each academic year.


Application assistance, online and manual

For applicants without access to computers and/or internet connectivity, Vodacom has come on board to offer applicants access to the 91 District Teacher Development Centres (DTDCs) across South Africa that have computer classroom and internet cafes that are equipped and connected by Vodacom.

But in addition to this online system the organisation will also still accept manual applications forms that learners must fill in and send to NSFAS by post, email, or fax. Manual application forms are available for print on the NSFAS website or can be downloaded here  (PDF, 350KB).

Learners and students can also pick up the forms at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) community youth development centres and at the Department of Social Development's ISIBINDI centres where agents are trained to assist in completing and submitting both online and manual application forms.

The NSFAS rural outreach teams will continue to distribute the forms in the many rural districts they visit in all provinces. Forms are also available at more than 300 campuses of universities and TVET colleges.

  • All paper applications forms can be posted to this address: NSFAS Loans & Bursaries Department, Private Bag X4, Plumstead, 7801.
  • All faxed applications can be sent to this fax number: 086 644 2822.
  • All emailed applications can be sent to this email address:


For more information please visit the NSFAS website or Facebook-page or follow them on Twitter.