How Many Months Does NSFAS Give Allowance?

If you are a student who is planning to register for your first semester of university or college, you will no doubt be wondering how much government funding you can expect to receive. If this sounds like you, then this article is for you. In it we explain the New Student Bursary (NSFAS) and what it means for students in South Africa. We also take a look at how the application process works so that when the time comes, you will be fully prepared with all the information needed to submit your application successfully!

How Many Months Does NSFAS Give Allowance?

NSFAS is a government funded bursary scheme, which means that it’s free of charge. You can apply for this bursary by filling in an application form and providing proof of your qualifications.

You must be studying towards a degree, diploma or certificate at the time you apply for your first Bursary Grant. The maximum amount of money that you can receive is R10 000 per year (or R800). The maximum duration of your grant will depend on how long it takes you to complete your qualification; however, we recommend applying early so that as many students as possible get funding!

How To Check My NSFAS Application Status

You can check your NSFAS application status on the following channels:

  • Online
  • By phone (1 800 262 2463)
  • By email ([email protected])
  • By SMS or WhatsApp (0800-2742, 1 800 2742). This is a quick way to get information about how long it will take you to get paid and how much money you are entitled to receive from NFSAS. The number is free of charge when calling from a mobile phone but may have a cost if called from a landline phone in South Africa/Namibia. If you’re calling from abroad, please contact us for more information on rates applicable for international calls at +27 12 778 1168

NSFAS Students’ Portal Login Guide

To log in to NSFAS Students’ Portal, you will need your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance. You can also check the status of your application by visiting


If you are a student studying at a tertiary institution, it is important to keep up with your school work and apply for NSFAS as soon as possible. You can check the status of your application through the NSFAS portal. If you have any questions about NSFAS or need assistance with your application, feel free to reach out.

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