Deadline Looms For 2020 NSFAS Online Applications

There are only a few days for students to apply for assistance from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2020 academic year. Applications for eligible learners will officially close at midnight on 30 November 2019.

NSFAS 2020 Online Applications

NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen has reminded young people that the application period for NSFAS bursary applications will be closing very soon.

Applications for assistance to study in 2020 will close at midnight on the 30th November 2019.

Those who have applied should check their status to ensure they have uploaded all the correct documents.

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Intend to enrol at any of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET colleges in 2020.
  • Come from a family with a combined annual household income of not more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students with a disability from a family with a combined income of not more than R600 000 per annum. (Students with disabilities and students who are SASSA beneficiaries and those who are supported by parents who receive social grants automatically qualify for NSFAS, provided they fall within the set threshold.)
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the NSFAS grant or bursary awarded.Certified copy of your ID, not older than 3 months.
    A signed and completed consent form (Downloaded from our website).
    If you are a SASSA recipient, please provide:
    A signed and completed consent form.
     If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse, please provide:
    Certified ID copies of parent/s, guardian, spouse not older than three months.
    Proof of income of parent, guardian or spouse (payslip or appointment letter).
    If you are self-sufficient and employed please provide:
    Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter)
    IRP5 certificates for the past three years.
    If you have a disability, please provide:
    Completed and signed Disability Annexure A (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal) downloaded from the NSFAS website.Orphan Declaration and Consent Form (excluding consent form).
  • Retrenchment letter.
  • Death certificate/s.
  • Divorce decree.

Where to Apply

The 2020 applications are done online through the myNSFAS portal (, where students can submit their applications using their smartphones or computer.

To apply, an applicant needs to create a myNSFAS account on the NSFAS website, or use their social media accounts, Facebook and/or Google. Applicants with an existing account can sign in using their usernames and password or Facebook/Google accounts. –