"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!

Hlengiwe Constance Tshabangu

NSFAS was a lifeline

NSFAS helped me when I was in desperate need to further my studies and achieve my dreams. Towards the end of my first year I applied to NSFAS and was granted a loan to enrol for second year. I did very well in my second year and NSFAS converted a percentage into a bursary. I got a full Government bursary to complete my Psychology studies, and enrolled for Honours in Industrial Sociology. I am now serving as an intern with the Department of Higher Education and Training in the University Support and Sector Liaison Directorate.

 

HOW TO

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HOW TO

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HOW TO

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