Documents Needed to apply for NSFAS

Documents needed for all applicants

Applicants must supply copies of the following documents. All documents must be certified, with the certification being less than three months old.

  • Proof of acceptance/registration at a university or TVET college
  • ID document or unabridged birth certificate of the applicant
  • ID documents of parents, guardian, or spouse
  • Applicant’s proof of income or one year’s IRP5 (if applicable)
  • Parents, guardian, or spouse’s proof of income (salary slips/pensions slips if applicable/affidavit if unemployed)

Exceptions/special requirements

  • Students who are SASSA grant recipients do not have to provide SASSA slips or proof of income.
  • Applicants with disabilities must submit a completed and signed Disability Annexure A form
  • Applicants recognised by the Department of Social Development as “vulnerable child” must submit a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form
  • If applicable, applicants should also submit copies of the following documents:
    • Retrenchment letter
    • Death certificate/s
    • Divorce decree

Special note for 2021 applications

Documents do not have to be certified due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Signed consent forms are not required. Ticking the box in the application gives consent for NSFAS to use personal information for official purposes.

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