Important Documents Needed to Apply for NSFAS 2023

Documents Needed to Apply for NSFAS

These are the necessary documents needed to apply for NSFAS 2023. Before you apply, you’ll need to first create your NSFAS account on the NSFAS website.

Once you’re done creating your account, you’ll be able to fill out the online application form.

It is very important that during the application, you need to provide your correct ID number, your name(s), and surname as reflected in your ID documents for NSFAS to validate the ID upfront.

This will allow the scheme to prepopulate your application form with the validated and correct information received from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Department of Basic Education (DBE), and others.

Benefits for applicants

  • User-friendly application form that you can complete anytime, anywhere, on a mobile device.
  • Reduce time spent on completing an application.
  • Improve the accuracy of the application through data validation and pre-population of fields.

Required documents for nsfas applicants

What documents are needed to apply for NSFAS?

  • You must provide a Copy of your ID.
  • To complete registration, you will need a copy of your ID. If you have an ID card, ensure you upload a copy reflecting both sides of your ID card.
  • You must have an NSFAS consent form from parent(s), guardian or spouse to submit your personal information for validation and verification. Once you accept the application terms and conditions, you confirm that you have received consent from all relevant parties.

If you’re dependant on your parents, guardian, or spouse, you must provide:

  • ID copies of parent(s), guardian or spouse.
  • Proof of income of parent(s), guardian or spouse (payslip or appointment letter, where applicable).
  • If your parents, the person who supports you, or your legal guardian are retired, provide a copy of an official pension slip or bank statement showing pension payment.
  • If you’ve indicated that a dependent in your household is a student, provide proof of registration or acceptance at the TVET college or university for each dependent.

If you are self-sufficient, you must provide:

  • Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter).
  • 1 year’s IRP5 form.

Note: If you are a SASSA recipient, then no proof of income is required. Certified documents are not a requirement due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If the student has a disability, they must provide:

  • A completed and signed Disability Annexure A Form (if their information is not pre-populated on the online application form).
  • You must provide proof of your disability and a quotation for assistive devices as supporting documents with the application form. Funding for assistive devices follows the same approval process as for financial aid.
  • If you are successful in your application for financial aid and you have received notice of the final approval amount from NSFAS, you may arrange to purchase your assistive device through the student disability unit at the university or FET college where you are going to study. The university or FET college can purchase the assistive device on your behalf.

Vulnerable students (child under 18 years), must provide:

  • A completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration and Consent Form which must be completed by a social worker.

Other documents required, if applicable:

  • Retrenchment letter.
  • Provide Death certificate/s if either of your parents is deceased.
  • Divorce decree.

How to upload documents

  1. Navigate to
  2. Log in using your NSFAS login credentials.
  3. Click on the option to ‘upload outstanding supporting documents’
  4. Then click on the tab “Submit Documents.”
  5. Once you have uploaded your essential documents, you will receive a notification saying, “Outstanding application documents submitted successfully uploaded.

If you upload the documents, and there’s a problem, the most common issue is that the documents are not clear. If you have a problem taking photos with your cellphone, you can go to an NSFAS or an NYDA office, and they will assist you.

If there is no NSFAS or NYDA office near you, and you have applied to a college or varsity, ask their fees office to help you.

So these are the important documents needed to apply for NSFAS 2023. You can visit the NSFAS Twitter page for the latest news.

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