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Please note: the information shared on this webpage is that of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and does not belong to the Central University of Technology, Free State. The information is shared to assist prospective and current students. The University does not take responsibility for the communication.

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 www.nsfas.org.za

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 www.nsfas.org.za, go to the myNSFAS tab and follow the log in process explained on screen. 

What does the bursary cover?

  • Accommodation
  • Transport (up to 40 km from the 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.

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
  • NSFAS Applications for the 2020 academic year have closed. 2021 NSFAS application dates will be communicated on all NSFAS social media platforms and on www.nsfas.org.za
  • 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 www.nsfas.org.za, go to the myNSFAS tab and follow the log in process explained on screen.

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

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

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 www.nsfas.org.za, go to the myNSFAS tab and follow the log in process explained on screen.


Below are the NSFAS contact details for more information

www.nsfas.org.za

Contact Centre Toll Free number: 08000 67327

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme

Instagram: myNSFAS

Twitter: myNSFAS


Uploaded: 10 September 2019
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