The Deadline for NSFAS 2022 Applications has been Extended

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The Deadline for NSFAS 2022 Applications has been Extended

The Deadline for NSFAS 2022 Applications has been Extended

Hurrey!!! This is great news to all NSFAS applicants, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Online Application date for the 2022 academic year has been extended to 21 January 2022. Therefore, potential applicants are urged to make use of the opportunity as there will no be a further extension on the application deadline.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme {NSFAS) would like to notify all learners, out-of-school youth, and non-funded students, that after consulting with various stakeholders, the deadline for applications for NSFAS has been extended to Friday, January 21, 2022. The previous deadline was Friday, January 07, 2022.

The application process opened on November 02 2021 and to date, more than 600 O00 applications were received from applicants who intend to further their post-school education at any of the 50 TVET colleges and 26 public universities. At least 505 820 are firs-time applicants

NSFAS Chairperson, Ernest Khosa briefed the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr. Blede Nzimande on the assessment done on the number of applications received to date.

In this application cycle, NSFAS enhanced its application portal such that first-time applicants who are SASSA beneficiaries will receive a real-time response after submitting their application.

To date, 182,567 applicants were confirmed eligible for funding instantly. The second cohort is non-SASSA applicants who receive their responses once their income verification has been concluded.

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NSFAS Funding Requirements 2022

If you would like to apply for NSFAS, you must be:

  • A South African Citizen
  • SASSA grant recipients (the SASSA COVID-19 grant does not count)
  • Persons whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per year, Persons living with disabilities with a combined
  • household income not more than R600 000 per annum.
  • A permanent resident – An individual who is in possession of a valid Permanent Residency Permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa

Supporting Documents Needed for NSFAS Application 2022:

  • All applicants must provide a copy of their ID document. Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided
  • A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse,
  • Proof of income applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide the latest payslip, not older than 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse).

How to Apply for NSFAS Online 2022

  • NSFAS applications must be submitted online via the myNSFAS portal (
  • Create a myNSFAS account online
  • Then proceed to the application tab
  • Fill in your personal details.
  • Ensure that you receive a reference number when you submit your application, to prove that the applications have been successfully submitted.

If you do not have a digital device or access to the internet, you can visit your nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Centre to apply following the same steps.

N.B. Prospective students are urged to apply for admission at a public university or TVET College of their choice, for an approved course/programme.

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