NSFAS Information


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme is a South African government student financial aid scheme which provides financial aid to undergraduate students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education after finishing high school. It is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training.



Criteria and Conditions 

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Application for payouts        

The 2024 NSFAS allowance application system is open.  Apply via the UP portal.

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Disability Support

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NSFAS Website

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Update on NSFAS allowances 2023

The following payment arrangements have been made for NSFAS-funded students who qualify for living, accommodation, travel and book allowances:

·         Book allowances will be paid directly to students via Fundi. 

·         To ensure other allowances are timeously paid, NSFAS-funded students must apply on the UP student portal, where they will find detailed application guidelines. 

We encourage all NSFAS-funded students to visit the NSFAS website regularly to familiarise themselves with the NSFAS guidelines to ensure timeous payment of allowances.

NSFAS has announced that from 1 June 2023 all allowances will be paid directly into students’ NSFAS-approved bank accounts and that it intends to take over full control of the payment of allowances going forward.


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