The NSFAS scheme is currently enjoying a lot of popularity in the country as a means for students from poor and working-class families to fund their education. This government scheme is already making the intended impact of bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots; creating an inclusive environment for everyone to get an education.
As a result of the scheme’s popularity, many are finding it difficult to login to the website to receive updates about the status of their application, or just to view their funding history. Many do not even understand the procedure of how to login to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme website.
Assuming you have created an account with the NSFAS, here is how to login:
How To Log Into Your NSFAS Account
Go to the official website www.nsfas.org.za and then click on “myNsfas account“.
Enter your personal username and password. Please keep your password private at all times.
The system will log you in, and then display several options. You may update your personal information by clicking on the “My personal details” tab.
Key in your cell phone number and/or email address to your current one.
Then click “Update your details” tab.
A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent to the new cell phone number and email address that you have provided. This could contain a combination of numbers and letters.
Enter the OTP into the website and click ‘submit.’
Your details will immediately be updated, and you can log in without any issues.
Lost MyNSFAS, Email, and Cell-Phone?
On the extremely rare occasion that you have forgotten your MyNSFAS login details, and at the same time do not have access to the email address or cell phone number you provided to the NSFAS system, all is still not lost. You can get back your account; you are required to submit a certified affidavit, as well as a letter requesting that your email and cell phone number be updated. You are required to provide the old and new details. The affidavit should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember; you can only Login if you have created an account with the NSFAS. If you have not registered, and you wish to do so, just follow the simple steps highlighted below to register for the first time.
How to Register for NSFAS: A Step by Step Guide
Go to the NSFAS registration portal: https://www.mynsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html
Once you land on the registration page you are instructed to choose a user name and password, as well as to provide your personal information including your name, address, and date of birth. You will also be required to provide your ID number, email address and cell phone number. The NSFAS needs these details to communicate with you regarding the outcome of your registration, as well as to help you keep track of your funding history.
Please ensure that you have provided the correct information: many student applications for financial aid get declined because they have provided wrong information.
Upload the required documents. Please do not leave any spaces blank.
The required documents are listed below.
Required Documents for NFSAS Application
ID Document/ID card (the NSFAS requires you to provide both the certified copy and the electronic)
Birth Certificate (this can be accepted in place of the ID card, the NSFAS requires you to provide both the certified copy and the electronic copy)
Parents’ or Guardians’ ID documents or ID cards. (the NSFAS requires you to provide both the certified copy and the electronic copy)
Parents’ or Guardians’ Death Certificate if Applicable. The NSFAS requires you to provide both the certified copy and an electronic copy.
Parents or Guardians Payslips, Employment Letters, or Pension Advice. (This is proof that you actually need the funding. The Payslips or Pension Advice should not be older than 3 months.)
NSFAS Consent Form. This form should be signed by your parents or guardians, showing that they are aware of your decision to file for financial aid.
A certain amount of preference is offered to students with disability. If you fall under this category please upload a filled and signed copy of the NSFAS Disability Annexure document.
If orphaned then please upload a copy of the NFSAS Declaration Form. This form is to be signed by an Isibindi Child Youth Care Worker or a Social Worker from the South African Department of Social Development.
After completing the registration process you can now login to the NSFAS student portal with the username and password you have provided to view the status of your application.
How to Check the Status of your NSFAS Application
Go to the official website of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) www.nsfas.org.za and then click on “myNsfas account.” This will require you to have an internet connection in the form of a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. You can do this from home, but if not you may use a public computer at an internet café.
After clicking on the MyNSFAS account tab, the system will show bring out a page for you to log in using your username and password. Please use the same username and password you used when you created your account. if you haven’t applied, please go back up to the top of the page to find out how to apply.
Once you have successfully been logged in you will be shown your dashboard. Then you click on the tab that says “Track Funding Progress” to monitor the progress of your application. The system should say Awaiting Evaluation, Approved, or Declined.
The NSFAS student portal is very straightforward and easy to navigate. The problem is mostly a result of students not keeping their username and password safe, or losing access to their email addresses, or losing their cell phones. If you can keep your login details and your email and cell phone, then you should not have any problems with the login server of the MyNSFAS Student Portal.
Nevertheless, if you have lost your login details, and also lost your phone and email, then you can still get back your account by doing an affidavit. Your account will then be reset manually.