NSFAS Trimester 3 Applications Open



More than a million students are currently receiving comprehensive bursaries provided by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Individuals can now apply to be funded by NSFAS as the scheme opened Trimester 3 applications. 



Students enrolled in approved programmes at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges can now apply for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursaries. This is because the financial aid scheme officially opened Trimester 3 applications. 

The application period will close on 20 September 2023 giving TVET college students a little more than two weeks to submit a NSFAS application. Applications can be submitted on the NSFAS website, at the NSFAS Head office or at a TVET College. 

What's Needed For NSFAS Application For TVET College Students

The process for submitting a NSFAS application for TVET college students is simple and can be completed in a single sitting. However, applicants must have an internet connection to complete a NSFAS application. 

An important component of submitting a NSFAS application is providing the documents required for a NSFAS application. The documents provided by students for a NSFAS application prove they meet the eligibility criteria set by NSFAS. 

How To Submit A NSFAS Application 

Step 1: Visit the NSFAS website 

Step 2: Click on the “myNSFAS” tab 

Step 3: Create a myNSFAS account

Step 4: Click on the “APPLY” tab and complete the sections on the screen

Step 5: Upload all the required documents for NSFAS applications. 

Step 6: Click on “Submit” to complete your NSFAS application. 

Tips For Your Trimester 3 NSFAS Applications 

NSFAS has urged students to ensure that their application is complete. 

The financial aid scheme explained that many students create profiles on the myNSFAS platform and assume this means their NSFAS application is complete. This is not the case as simply creating a profile on the myNSFAS platform does not mean that the student has submitted a NSFAS funding application. 

After Submitting Your NSFAS Application

After successfully submitting your NSFAS application, you will be able to check your NSFAS application status. Your NSFAS application status will indicate whether or not NSFAS will fund you for the current academic year.

How To Check Your NSFAS Application Status

Step 1: Log in to your NSFAS account on the myNSFAS student portal here

Step 2: Enter your username and password and sign in

Step 3: Click on Track Funding Progress 

Step 4: You will then be able to track funding progress and check your NSFAS status

Once there, there are several results you might receive when doing a NSFAS status check while applying for NSFAS funding. 

Click Here For An Explanation Of What Your NSFAS Application Means 

If your NSFAS application status is approved, you will receive comprehensive funding from NSFAS. This includes fully paid tuition and registration fees along with several allowances

TVET College Courses Funded My NSFAS

NSFAS only funds certain courses offered at TVET colleges. These courses include engineering studies courses, business and utility studies courses, education and development courses and marketing and management courses.

  • Engineering Studies - (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Engineering studies - Report 191 N1-N6
  • Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science
  • Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6
  • Management; Marketing; Finance; Office Administration; Economics & Accounting; Education & Development; Hospitality; Tourism; Safety in Society and Transport & Logistics
  • Pre-Learning Programme (PLP) funding through NSFAS

Can University Students Apply During NSFAS Trimester 3 Applications?

University students cannot apply during the Trimester 3 application period as the Trimester application periods are exclusive to TVET college students.

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