NSFAS funding

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a program in South Africa designed to assist qualified students who are unable to afford their college or university education. To access NSFAS funding, students must complete the application process. In this article, we will address common queries related to the NSFAS application and funding.

How many times can you apply for NSFAS?

Students who meet the essential academic and financial requirements are eligible to receive NSFAS funding throughout the duration of their academic program. Funding, however, is contingent upon the availability of sufficient funds. If an initial NSFAS application is denied, students can reapply in consecutive years as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. There is no limit to the number of times a student can submit an application for NSFAS, provided they satisfy the requirements and funding is available. It is important to note that NSFAS funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.

Can I start over my NSFAS application?

Starting over with an NSFAS application requires resubmitting all necessary information and supporting documents. Applicants must also ensure they meet all requirements and submit their application before the deadline. Yes, it is possible to start the NSFAS application process over. Applicants can create a new account on the NSFAS website under the “myNSFAS” tab, allowing them to complete a new application form for consideration. However, NSFAS will only review one entry per student per school year.

Do I have to apply again for NSFAS every year?

Students have the option to apply for NSFAS financing annually through the online platform. The application period typically begins in August and runs through November each year. It is crucial for students to submit their applications before the deadline, as late submissions will not be considered. Students are required to submit financing applications to NSFAS every year because their financial circumstances may change, and NSFAS needs to reassess their eligibility for funding. Updates to regulations or criteria for financial aid may also impact eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed of any changes.


Please note that receiving funding from NSFAS is not guaranteed, and students must meet the necessary requirements, including South African residency, a gross household income below a certain threshold, and enrollment in an accredited tertiary institution recognized by NSFAS. Students who have been awarded NSFAS financing must submit an application each year to continue receiving financial assistance. The application must fulfill admission requirements and be submitted on time.

Can I reapply for NSFAS if I failed?

If you previously applied for NSFAS but your application was not approved, and you still require funding for the upcoming year, you are eligible to reapply if your project meets the requirements. Even if you have failed four modules, but have completed 50% of your total modules, you can resubmit your application to NSFAS, indicating that you meet the necessary requirements and providing valid information.

By addressing these commonly asked questions, we hope to provide clarity and guidance regarding the NSFAS application process and funding.

By kevin

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