"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela


Welcome to NSFAS 

NSFAS is the South African government student loan and bursary scheme. We provide loans and bursaries to students at all 25 public universities and 50 public FET colleges throughout the country.

NSFAS funding has grown from R441 million in 1999 to R8,5 billion in 2013.

We have helped leaders in all fields. Read about their success stories here. When NSFAS students graduate, and pay back their loans, we can help more students in future.

 


Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande

Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande

Applications for student financial aid

Dear Students, Before you start filling in the application form, please make sure you have all the information you need.  You cannot save the form with only some of the information and come back later to complete it.  If you stop halfway, you will have to start all over again. Please read the instructions here to see which information you need. Click here to apply online!

Dr. Vuyane Mhlomi

Founder of the MH Foundation

There are many challenges facing higher education in South Africa, but one can never take away the success of NSFAS and the opportunity it’s given people in this country. I know this personally. Coming from a single-parent household my dreams of studying medicine at UCT were always coloured by the concerns of how we would afford it. However, through NFSAS I’ve been able to achieve and exceed my dreams. My time at UCT was one of the most influential in my life.

Like many of my peers, the ultimate indicator of achievement and success was the ability to study towards the career of my choice and through it create positive changes in my community. Without financial barriers I’ve been able to reach my full potential. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the leading minds in the world. 

I shudder to think that a little over 20 years ago equally talented people were denied the opportunity of higher education due to a lack of financial support.

 

HOW TO

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HOW TO

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HOW TO

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