The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has officially announced the opening date for the 2024 online application period. Prospective students can start submitting their NSFAS bursary applications on the official NSFAS website.
The application window will remain open until 31 January 2024, providing students with just over two months to submit their funding applications.
NSFAS urged students to provide accurate information, particularly parental information, when applying so that when validations occur with Home Affairs, students can be easily funded and not be subjected to appeal processes to prove parental relationship.
Applicants are urged to provide accurate information, as mistakes may lead to the rejection of their NSFAS 2024 applications.
NSFAS funds over one million students enrolled in approved programs at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. The bursaries cover all costs associated with tertiary education, including tuition, registration fees, and various allowances.
Students receive accommodation, meal, and stationery allowances from NSFAS, with adjustments made for those living at home or in catered accommodation.
What's New In 2024?
NSFAS revealed that they are in discussions with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to enhance the application validation process, particularly regarding parental relationships. These adjustments aim to improve verification procedures and ensure timely confirmation of funding decisions.
To enhance accessibility, NSFAS will introduce a mobile application for 2024 applications, initially compatible with iOS and Android, later extending to HUAWEI devices. The app, set to include biometric capabilities, allows students to track their application statuses and funding through WhatsApp at 078 519 8006 and USSD at 12067327#.
Similar to previous years, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant beneficiaries will receive immediate funding decisions without the need for additional supporting documents, except for learners with disabilities.
How to Submit an NSFAS Application in 2024
- Create a myNSFAS account.
- Update personal information by clicking on the 'Apply' tab.
- Upload application supporting documents.
Who Qualifies for NSFAS
To qualify, applicants must be South African, enrolled in an approved course at a public university or TVET college, and not exceed the household income threshold. Household income must not exceed R350,000, or R600,000 for disabled students, verified using the latest SARS data.
How to Check Your NSFAS Status
After submitting your 2024 NSFAS bursary application, you will definitely need to keep up with your NSFAS status. Your NSFAS status will indicate whether your application was successful or not.
If your 2024 NSFAS funding application was unsuccessful, you can submit an appeal application. Your NSFAS status will indicate why your application was rejected. Knowing why your application is rejected informs you which documents you will need to submit as part of your NSFAS appeal application.
How To Submit A NSFAS Appeal
- Visit the myNSFAS student portal.
- Enter your username and password on the NSFAS website.
- Click SIGN IN, then Track Funding Progress to check the application status.
- If rejected, applicants can submit a NSFAS appeal, providing the reason for rejection. The appeal process involves uploading certified supporting documents.
Who Can Submit a NSFAS Appeal
If you believe that NSFAS incorrectly rejected your funding application you may be able to submit a NSFAS appeal.
It's important to note that students registered for non-NSFAS funded qualifications, those beyond NSFAS N+Rule (N+2 for able bodied students or N+3 for students living with disabilities), and gap year students previously denied financial aid due to academic eligibility criteria are ineligible for appeal submissions.
Appeals are not considered if the institution hasn't submitted a correct registration record.
Why NSFAS Applications Are Opening Late
NSFAS revealed applications in November to expedite decision-making processes and align with the financial eligibility assessment, requiring updated information from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). SARS recently concluded the 2023 tax filing season and has up-to-date information which will assist NSFAS in making funding decisions.