"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!

Nonkosi Mngxali

From Khayelitsha to an office in Sandton

When I was in Matric both my parents were retrenched. I headed to UCT’s financial aid office, and this was a turning-point in my life. I got a NSFAS loan and went on to study Honours and Masters degrees. Now I work at an investment holding company. I am still paying back my NSFAS loan, and do so with gratitude and the knowledge that this will help many other aspiring and needy students.

 

HOW TO

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HOW TO

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HOW TO

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FUNDERS