Nsfas provides financial aid to poor undergraduate students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education after finishing high school.
Currently, Nsfas funds 159,601 Unisa students. It is one of the best unisa bursaries to apply for.
How to apply for unisa nsfas
The first step to applying to unisa nsfas is creating an account. To create your account,
- Go to nsfas website.
- Click on ‘MyNSFAS Account’.
- Register and create your profile.
- After successfully creating your account, click on “apply” and follow a quick and easy online application process in the video below.
New NSFAS application outcomes will be communicated by NSFAS. Alternatively, you can track your application status via your NSFAS profile account created during the application process.
NSFAS funded students at Unisa qualify for a learning materials allowance of R5200 per year. This is to be used for textbooks and other learning materials needed to complete their studies.
Unisa students who are registered for ten modules or more are also allocated an incidental allowance of R290 per month from February to November each year. This R290 is used for any small expenses that arise for these students.
Students who are eligible and meet the requirements such as the 60-credit requirement at Unisa, will also receive laptops to use for their online studies.
How to check nsfas status at unisa?
If you’re planning to study at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and you’re applying for the NSFAS program, you can check your status by following these steps:
- Open the official UNISA website www.unisa.ac.za.
- Input your login details then click on the Submit button.
- Once you access your account, you can check your status on the site.
It’s important to note that Unisa students don’t get access to Nsfas Wallets. Instead, you would receive your allowances through an Intellicard or through the University of South Africa. This means that you will receive information from your institutions about the allowances.
As a Unisa student, if you receive a letter entitled, “Statement of Account,” don’t panic! Unisa sends these letters to everyone in their system – and that includes students funded by Nsfas. If your status changes, the school will receive your payments. Unisa knows this process as communication occurs between Nsfas and Unisa.
Who qualifies for Nsfas at unisa?
To qualify for unisa nsfas, you must,
- be a South African citizen.
- register at any of the 26 public universities (Unisa) or 50 TVET colleges.
- come from a family with an income of below R350 000 per annum (combined).
Who does not qualify for nsfas?
Your NSFAS application will not be considered if you
- already had NSFAS funding in 2021.
- have already completed an undergraduate degree/diploma.
- are not a South African citizen.
- need funding for a short learning certificate or programme.
- need funding for a postgraduate qualification, with an exception of the following qualifications:
- BTech – Architecture / Architectural Technology
- BTech – Engineering (all disciplines), Cartography, Forestry
- BTech – Biokinetics, Biomedical Technology, Biotechnology
- BTech – Chiropractic, Homoeopathy, all Nursing
- BTech – Clinical or Dental Technology, Emergency Medical Care
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting
Learning material allowance and living allowance for 2022
- Unisa NSFAS funded students are only entitled to a Learning Material Allowance (LMA) and Living Allowance (LA).
- Based on the 2021 DHET Grant Funding Guidelines, the LMA is calculated based on the number of modules registered: R600 per module for the first four modules and a R5 200 once-off amount for five to ten modules. If R5 200 LMA is paid for the first five modules, no additional LMA will be paid for other modules.
- Based on the 2021 DHET Grant Funding Guidelines, the LA is paid to students registered for ten modules. Unfortunately, a student who registers for ten modules and later reduces the number of modules registered will forfeit this allowance.
Unisa nsfas faqs
How much does Nsfas give Unisa students per month in 2022?
Unisa students who are registered for ten modules or more are also allocated an incidental allowance of R290 per month from February to November each year.
Is Nsfas available at Unisa?
Nfas provides funding to Unisa students. The allocation of the Nsfas allowances to students is different as the teaching Unisa provides is different to that of other universities. There are currently 159 601 Nsfas-funded students at Unisa.
Who qualifies for Nsfas at Unisa?
You must be a South African citizen. Register at Unisa or any of the 50 TVET colleges. Come from a family with an income of below R350 000 per annum (combined).