How to Apply for NSFAS

If you’re planning to apply for a NSFAS bursary in the near future, then read up.


You can apply for NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) funding online through the myNSFAS portal, at your campuses’ financial aid office, or at your local NYDA (National Youth Development Agency) office.

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Where to Find the NDYA Offices in South Africa

The NYDA Head Offices can be contacted and found at the following address:


54 Maxwell Drive, Woodmead North Office Park, Woodmead, 2191

  • Switchboard: 087 158 6345 / 5738
  • Customer Service: 0800 58 58 58
  • E-Mail: [email protected]

The NYDA branches are split up into the NYDA District Centres and the Full Service Branches. See below for locations of the NYDA branches around the country:

NYDA Full Service Branches

Full service branches of the National Youth Development Agency can be found in the following locations:


  • 3 Sutherland Street
  • Randfontein
  • Contact Details: 087 283 0724/0730 
  • Email: [email protected]


  • 28 Harrison Street 
  • 6th floor
  • Marshalltown
  • Johannesburg
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7795 
  • Email: [email protected]


  • 252 Thabo Sehume (Formerly Andries) Street
  • Middestad Mall (between Pretorius and Schoeman Street)
  • 1st Floor
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7991 
  • Email: [email protected]


  • Business Facilitation Network Centre (BFN)
  • Cnr. Monument and Voortrekker Road
  • Kempton Park
  • Email: [email protected]


  • Mafatsane Thusong Centre
  • Second Avenue
  • Evaton, 1985
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9686 
  • Email: [email protected]

Cape Town




East London

  • 2nd Floor, FNB Building
  • Oxford Street, East London
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7744
  • Email: [email protected]

Port Elizabeth

  • Victoria Memorial Home Building, Hirsch Drive  
  • Richmond Hill
  • Port Elizabeth, 6056
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7904
  • Email: [email protected]


  • Wonkemntu Craft Centre
  • Nelson Mandela Drive (Next to Shell Garage)
  • Mthatha, 5100
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9599
  • Email: [email protected]


  • 24 Smuts Avenue
  • Erf 173, Emalahleni, 1035
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7958 
  • Email: [email protected]



  • Kiwiet Office Park, Block D (Third Door)
  • Secunda, 2302
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7936 
  • Email: [email protected]


  • GF Shop 125,  Sanlam Plaza
  • Cnr Maitland and East Burger Street
  • Bloemfontein, 9301
  • Contact Details : 087 158 7606
  • Email: [email protected]



  • Mahikeng Museum
  • Carrington Street, 2745
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9591
  • E-mail: [email protected]


  • 69 Schoeman Street
  • Moolman Building, Polokwane, 0699
  • Contact Details: 087 158 7873
  • Email: [email protected]


NYDA District Centres

The National Youth Development Agency District Centres can be found in the following locations:

District: Garden Route District Municipality

  • Location: George
  • Office Address: Cnr York and Hibernia Street (Old Mutual Building), George, 6529
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9467 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Central Karoo District Municipality

  • Location: Beaufort West
  • Office Address: 1 Ngesi Ave, Sidesaviwa, Beaufort West, 6970
  • Contact Details: 087 086 8896 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Sarah Baartman District Municipality

  • Location: Alexandria
  • Office Address: 57 Voortrekker Road, Alexandria, 6185
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Alfred Nzo Ditsrict Municipality

  • Location: Mount Ayliff
  • Office Address: Erf 1400, Ntsizwa Street, Mount Aylif
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Chris Hani District 

  • Location: Queenstown
  • Office Address: No. 22 CDC Building Cathcart Road, Queenstown, 5219
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality

  • Location: Kuruman
  • Office Address: 4 Federale Mynbou Street, John Taule District, Kuruman
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9486 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Uthukela District Municipality

  • Location: Ladysmith
  • Office Address: 25 Keate Street, Ladysmith
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9581 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Ugu District Municipality

  • Location: Port-Shepstone
  • Office Address: 22 Price Street, Port-Shepstone 4240
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Umgungundlovu District Municipality

  • Location: Pietermaritzburg
  • Office Address: 283 Langalibalele, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Mkhanyakude District Municipality

  • Location: Mbazwana
  • Office Address: Mbazwana Thusong Services Centre, Sodwana Bay Main Road, 3974
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9593 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Zululand District Municipality

  • Location: Pongola
  • Office Address: Pongola Local Municipality, Zululand District, D1867 Belgrade Area, 3170
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Ilembe District Municipality

  • Location: Stranger
  • Office Address: 41/24 Hullet Street, KwaDukuza, Stanger, 4447
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Dr. Ruth Segomotsi District Municipality

  • Location: Vryburg
  • Office Address: No 8 Moffa Street (SEDA House), Vryburg, 8601
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9725 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Dr. K Kaunda District Municipality

  • Location: Klerksdorp
  • Office Address: 51 Leask Street, West End Building, Klerksdorp, 2571
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Bushbuckridge District Municipality

  • Location: Thulamahashe
  • Office Address: Bushbuckridge Main Road (Municipality Office), Thulamahashe, 1365
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9707 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Xhariep District Municipality

  • Location: Trompsburg
  • Office Address: Xhariep District Municipality Office, 20 Louw Street, Trompsburg, 9913
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Fezile Dabi District Municipality

  • Location: Tweeling
  • Office Address: Pink Monaune Youth Development Centre, Tweeling
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9715 
  • Email Address:  [email protected]

District:  Sekhukhune District Municipality

  • Location: Groblersdal
  • Office Address: 529 Van Riebeeck Street, Grobersdal
  • Contact Details: 087 086 8896 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Mopani District Municipality

  • Location: Tzaneen
  • Office Address: 27 Agatha Street, Elita Flat no 5, Central Park, Tzaneen
  • Contact Details: 087 106 2537 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

District: Waterberg District Municipality

  • Location: Thabazimbi
  • Office Address: 11 Jourdan Street, Mollies Building, Ipelegeng, Thabazimbi, 0380
  • Contact Details: 087 086 9704 
  • Email Address: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants won’t know everything there is to know about NSFAS and the NYDA out of their head. That’s why we’ve compiled a short selection of the more important parts when it comes to NSFAS and the NYDA:

Who is the NYDA?

They are not scammers. The NYDA is exactly what the name says it is – an organisation that focuses on enriching and developing the youths of South Africa. They do this by funding young entrepreneurs via a grant programme and participate in community outreaches.

How Do I Apply for NSFAS?

The NYDA assists students who want to apply for NSFAS funding, especially those who struggle to use NSFAS’s online service.


You can also apply for NSFAS using the myNSFAS web portal. Read up on how you can apply for NSFAS funding in 2023 here.

How Do NSFAS Bursaries Work?

The NSFAS bursary gives you money for transport, registration fees, tuition fees, books, meals, learning materials, and accommodation for public university and TVET college students.


In order to qualify for a NSFAS bursary, you will need to meet the following requirements:


  • You Must be a South African citizen
  • You must be applying for, or accepted at a University
  • Your household income must not exceed R350 000 per year
  • If you are a person living with one or more disabilities, your household income must not exceed R600 000
  • All SASSA grant applicants recipients qualify immediately

TVET Colleges

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • If applicable, you need to be registered or intending to register on a PLP, NC(V) or Report 191 programme at a TVET College
  • You must have a household income lower than R350 000 per year
  • If you’re a person living with a disability, your household income must beR600 000 or less
  • Students that are returning must show proven and accepted academic performance in line with the College’s progression policy or the progression prescriptions of the Bursary Rules and Guidelines
  • Must not be enrolling for a qualification that is the same as previous learning that was government-funded

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for NSFAS Funding?

Prospective NSFAS applicants will need to provide the following documentation (digital or otherwise) in order to successfully apply for student funding:


  • A valid copy of your South African ID or a certified copy of your unabridged birth certificate if you are younger than 16 years of age.
  • ID book/smart ID of parents and/or guardian (death certificate if applicable)
  • IDs of everyone living in your household.
  • Proof of annual household income such as a payslip or appointment letter (This is for all types of employment or forms of income for all members of the household. This includes any income received from SASSA grants, UIF, or any retirement, life, disability, or other benefits paid as a lump sum or in monthly payments.)
  • A certified copy of your exam results, or your last graded academic paper (If you are currently in Grade 12, you do not need to submit this)
  • University registration documents or TVET college registration documents (if applicable)
  • Travel and Accommodation documents (if applicable)
  • Download and complete the consent form with the signatures of all people whose incomes have been declared in the application.
  • If you have a disability, download and complete the Disability Annexure A Form

NB: You would need all applicable documents to be certified no longer than 3 months ago.

Published on 25 September 2022

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