NSFAS EXTENDS APPLICATION DATE

By | January 8, 2014

The closing date for new NSFAS applications at the universities and FET colleges listed below has been extended to 31 January 2014:Durban University of Technology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Sol Plaatje University
University of Cape Town
University of Mpumalanga
University of South Africa
University of Venda
Ekurhuleni East FET College
King Hintsa FET College
Motheo FET College
South Cape FET College
Umfolozi FET CollegeThe following students must apply:
•             Students who are already studying at university or college but who did not receive NSFAS funding in 2013 and who want to apply for funding for the 2014 academic year
•             Learners who want to apply for financial aid to study in 2014

Students at all other universities and FET colleges must apply through the Financial Aid Office at the university or FET college after they have registered in 2014.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
South African citizens who have the academic potential to succeed at university or FET college, and require financial assistance to pay for their studies.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Please read these notes carefully before completing the Online Application Form. Make sure that you read every section and that the information you provide is accurate.
If you need career guidance before you fill in the Application Form, please go to the South African Qualifications Authority website. Click here for SAQA website.
You must write your identity (ID) number in the top right-hand corner on every page of all your supporting documents.
You will need to attach documents to support your application. Click here to see a list of documents you will need before you can fill in the NSFAS Online Application Form.
NSFAS will only process the first application that we receive. Please do not submit more than one application unless NSFAS requests you to do so.
NSFAS requires a cell phone number or email address in order to communicate with you during the application process. If you do not already have an email address, you can create a free email account on at www.gmail.com or at www.yahoo.co.za or any other free email service.
If your application is successful, NSFAS will use the cell phone number which you write on the application form to pay some of your student allowances by cell phone voucher.
If you do not already have a bank account, please open a bank account at any bank such as Postbank, ABSA, Capitec, FNB, Standard Bank, Nedbank or others. Some student allowances will be paid into your bank account.

CLOSING DATES

ANNUAL, FIRST SEMESTER & FIRST TRIMESTER REGISTRATIONS
The closing date for application submission and all completed required documents for existing university or FET college non-NSFAS students for the following academic year is 15 December.
The closing date for application submissions and all completed required documents, for learners, is 10 January for that academic year.

SECOND SEMESTER REGISTRATION
The closing date for application submission and all completed required documents for new applicants wanting to apply for financial aid prior to the second semester registration is 15 June.

SECOND TRIMESTER AND THIRD TRIMESTER REGISTRATIONS
The closing dates for application submissions and required documents, for new applicants wanting to apply for financial aid, are 31 March and 31 July respectively, for second and third trimester registrations.

How do I send my required documents for my Online Application to NSFAS?
Your required documents can be sent to NSFAS using one of the following channels within the prescribed closing dates:

1. Scan or email your required documents to NSFAS using the following email address: apply@nsfas.org.za
2. Fax your required documents to NSFAS using the following fax number: 086 644 2822.
3. Post your required documents to NSFAS: Private Bag X4, Plumstead, 7801.

PLEASE NOTE:

Online applications submitted without required documentation will be accepted but will not be processed until the supporting documents are received.
You must write your identity (ID) number in the top right-hand corner on every page of all your required documents in order for your application to be processed.
Required documents without an identity number will not be processed.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
If you require assistance in completing your application form then contact:
The NSFAS contact centre on 0860 067 327, or
The FAO at the university or FET college that you wish to study at.