NSFAS board extends deadline for financial aid applications

Students who did not apply for funding for 2022 academic should be relieved to know that they can still apply for financial funding. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has announced that they have until the end of January 2022 to apply for financial aid.

That comes after the NSFAS board extended the deadline for applications for 2022. “Potential applicants are urged to make use of the opportunity as there will be no further extension on the application deadline,” the statement issued by NSFAS said. 

To qualify for NSFAS funding, you must be:

A South African Citizen;

SASSA grant recipients (the SASSA COVID-19 grant does not count);

Persons whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year;

Persons living with disabilities with a combined household income of no more than R600 000 per annum.

A permanent resident is an individual in possession of a valid Permanent Residency Permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.

Supporting documents required:

All applicants must provide a copy of their ID document. Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided;

A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs

Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian, or spouse;

Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide the latest payslip not older than three months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse).

How can students apply?

NSFAS applications are submitted online through the myNSFAS portal (www.nsfas.org.za(link is external)), where students can submit their applications using their smartphones or computer.

To apply, create a myNSFAS account online, then proceed to the application tab and fill in personal details.

Applicants must ensure that they receive a reference number when they have submitted their application as proof that their applications have been successfully submitted.

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