2017 NSFAS & UCT Financial Assistance

25 August 2016 | Campus Announcement

Dear students,

As of 1 August 2016, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) opened its student-centred application model. First-time applications for financial aid, as well as funding renewal for those students who are already recipients of NSFAS funding, will be handled centrally via NSFAS. Although applicants may have applied to multiple institutions for admission to study, only one financial aid application directly to NSFAS will be required.

The University of Cape Town will co-fund and be part of this new student-centred application model. All students (and learners who plan to enter university next year) who need financial assistance should apply to NSFAS via their online application system.

UCT has additional funding programmes to assist students

UCT co-funds NSFAS financial aid students and also offers a funding programme called GAP funding, for those not eligible for NSFAS. We do not require a separate application to determine eligibility for funding from UCT, as we will receive directly from NSFAS the information we require in order to determine your eligibility for UCT funding programmes.  Kindly read the detailed information provided on all UCT's financial assistance programmes and the general rules and policies that apply.

The process for the various NSFAS categories of application is outlined below.

For all 2017 first-year applicants

All potential first-year students applying to study next year can now apply directly to NSFAS. Applications are open from 1 August 2016 to 30 November 2016.

For all currently registered students (at any institution) already funded by NSFAS

You will automatically be migrated to the new student-centred model and are not required to reapply for funding. UCT will provide your funding details to NSFAS. Note that the academic eligibility renewal criteria will still be applied, and you will be informed of whether you still meet the requirements for funding.

For currently registered students intending to apply for NSFAS funding for the first time

Students who are not funded by NSFAS this year, or who are on a government-funded bursary programme, may apply for funding. For this category, applications will be open from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016. If you think that your current funder may not renew your funding, you are encouraged to submit a NSFAS application before the closing date.

Late applications

Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of 30 November 2016. It is therefore important that you get your application in on time.

How and where to apply

Go to the NSFAS website to register and complete your online application.

Should you require assistance, use the NSFAS contact details below or visit UCT's Financial Aid Office in Kramer, Middle Campus.

Call  0860 0067 327 or email Info@NSFAS.org.za

We encourage applicants to print a copy of their NSFAS online application and keep a record of all supporting documents, in case they are required later. Please check your email account regularly for correspondence from NSFAS and UCT.


Sindi Ntshongwana
Director: Student Funding & Administration

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