What Documents are Needed to Apply for NSFAS?

When applying for financial aid through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the year 2025, it is crucial to ensure that your application is complete and includes all necessary supporting documents. All supporting documents must be certified and the certification should not be older than 3 months. You can have your documents certified at the South African Police Service or the South African Post Office.

Below is a detailed list of the documents you will need for 2025 NSFAS application:

  1. Certified copy of your Identity Document (ID): If you are younger than 16 years and do not possess a green bar-coded ID or a smart ID card, a certified copy of your unabridged birth certificate is required.
  2. Certified copies of the ID for each household member: This includes the IDs of parents or legal guardians.
  3. Latest academic records: If you are currently in Grade 12, you are exempt from submitting this document. Otherwise, include your latest academic transcript or exam results.
  4. Proof of exemption from school fees: If applicable, submit a letter from your school confirming that you have been exempted from paying school fees.
  5. Proof of income:
    • Certified or official recent payslips or employment letters (not older than three months) for each working member of your household.
    • For non-salaried income, such as SASSA grants, UIF, or any pensions or benefits, provide recent documentation showing these payments. Example: a pension slip or a bank statement indicating pension deposits.
  6. Affidavit for informal employment: If your parent or guardian is an informal trader, submit an affidavit confirming this.
  7. Death certificate: If one or both of your parents are deceased, provide a certified copy of the death certificate.
  8. Divorce decree: If your parents are divorced, include a certified copy of the divorce decree.
  9. Affidavit for non-resident parent: If a parent does not live at home, an affidavit is required stating the reasons for their absence.
  10. Affidavit for non-parental support: If you are being supported by someone other than your parent or legal guardian, an affidavit explaining this arrangement must be included.
  11. Certified SASSA letter: If any household members receive a social grant and contribute to your household income, include a certified copy of the SASSA letter. This also applies to legal guardians.
  12. Proof of registration or acceptance for dependent students: If you have dependents in your household who are students, provide proof of their registration or acceptance at a TVET college or university.
  13. Supporting documents for applicants with disabilities: Complete the necessary forms available on the NSFAS website and include them with your application.
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Reminder: Ensure that you write your identity number on every page of all supporting documents. This is mandatory for the processing of your application. Applications lacking an ID number on all documents cannot be processed by NSFAS.

NSFAS Application 2025 Closing Dates

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is set to open the bursary application window for the 2025 academic year on 18 November 2024, and the cycle will conclude on 20 January 2025. Please confirm on NSFAS Official Website.



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