Last day for 2018 NSFAS applications

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Learners, who wish to pursue their studies at the country’s 26 public universities and 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, have a few hours left to submit their 2018 funding applications. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) opened applications for the 2018 academic year on 1 August 2017, and will close at midnight, 30 November 2017. 

“Students, parents and guardians are cautioned that NSFAS will not open another window for new applications after today’s cut-off date — as doing so will delay the process of finalising funding lists for 2018,” Basic Education Director-General, Mathanzima Mweli, said during the Social Protection, Community and Human Development Cluster briefing held in Tshwane on Thursday. 

Mweli said at last count, NSFAS had received approximately 190 400 applications by 27 November. The results will be communicated in the first week of January 2018. 

Applicants can apply online ( by creating an account on and then filling in the online application form and attaching required documents. Alternatively, applicants can apply at NYDA walk-in centres countrywide. 

Applicants wishing to enquire about their application status are advised to call the National Student Financial Aid Scheme contact centre on 08600 67327. 

Apply for smart identification cards

The Department of Higher Education and Training, meanwhile, encourages all young people to start applying for their smart identification cards in time for the 2019 enrolment period, as this would make the processing of applications even more efficient due to completeness of records. –

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