National Student Financial Aid Scheme
First-time applications for financial aid, as well as funding renewal for those students who are already recipients of NSFAS funding, are handled centrally via NSFAS. While applicants may have applied to multiple institutions for admission to study, only one financial aid application linked directly to NSFAS will be required.
As of the 2018 academic year, an increase in the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria for first time entering students (FTENS) came into effect.
Changing from a loan to a grant, while the gross income cut-off is set at R350 000 per family income per annum, the financial eligibility for current students remains unchanged.
All students and learners who need financial assistance are encouraged to apply to NSFAS through the NSFAS Online Application system.
Applications normally open from 1 September annually and close on 30 November the year before your admission and registration as a student.
Please apply early to ensure that you have the necessary documentation to submit the application.
How and where to applyVisit the NSFAS website www.nsfas.org.za to register and complete your online application.
The NSFAS contact details are outlined below should you require assistance or visit your closest tertiary institution's Financial Aid Office for further assistance.
Toll-free Number: 0860 0067 327
We encourage applicants to print a copy of their NSFAS online application and keep a record of all supporting documents, should they require these later. Be sure to check the listed email account regularly for correspondence from NSFAS and the UWC.
IMPORTANT: All applicants that apply online to NSFAS need to ensure that they receive an application reference number after the application is submitted. Please note that your application has not submitted successfully if you do not receive an application reference number.