NSFAS Payment Dates 2024 – Eligibility, Amount, Status, What if delayed?

University allowances are expected by the end of Feb 2024. TVET college students will make their first payment on March 6, 2024, hinting at successful registration info upload by Feb 28. NSFAS urges students to work with their institutions for seamless payment processing.

NSFAS Payment Dates 2024

The first payment for TVET college students will occur on March 6, 2024. The successful upload of registration information by TVET colleges on February 28, 2024, was essential for receiving the March 6th payment. 

NSFAS encourages all students to collaborate with their institutions to ensure smooth payment processing. 

Expected Payment Schedule for NSFAS

Payment schedule based on past practices, keeping in mind this is not confirmed by NSFAS:

  • First Semester:
    • Cycle 1: February 6, 2024 (already announced for TVET colleges)
    • Cycle 2: March 6, 2024 (possible date for universities based on past trends)
    • Subsequent cycles likely in April and May
  • Second Semester:
    • Payments typically spread across July, August, September, October, and November

NSFAS Payment Eligibility

To receive NSFAS funding and its associated allowances, you must meet specific eligibility criteria:

  • South African Citizenship: You must be a South African citizen or permanent resident with a valid ID number.
  • Registration: Be registered for an approved NSFAS-funded qualification at a public university or TVET college.
  • Financial Need: Your combined household income must not exceed:
    • R350,000 per year for most applicants.
    • R600,000 per year for applicants with disabilities.
    • R122,000 per year for students who started studying before 2018 and whose household income meets this threshold.
  • SASSA Recipients: If you receive a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant, you automatically qualify based on financial need.
  • You must have a valid email address and cell phone number for communication and application purposes.
  • Students who have already completed a previous qualification are generally not eligible.
  • Students with a combined household income exceeding the mentioned thresholds are not eligible.
  • Students who previously received NSFAS funding and qualified are automatically funded for the duration of their studies, provided they maintain academic progress.

The NSFAS payment amount you receive depends on various factors, including:

NSFAS Payment Dates 2024

  • Your study level: University or TVET College
  • Your living situation: Whether you live on or off campus, in an urban, peri-urban, or rural area
  • Your disability status: If you have a disability, you may receive additional funding

NSFAS Payment Amount 2024

Current NSFAS payment amounts:

University Students:

  • Living allowance: R16,500 per year, comprising:
    • Meal allowance: R13,455 per year
    • Personal care allowance: R3,045 per year
  • Additional support: May include funding for transport (up to R7,350 per year) and learning materials upon request.

TVET College Students:

  • Living allowance: May vary depending on your study location, but typically falls within the following ranges:
    • R4,600 – R7,200 per year for on-campus accommodation
    • R15,750 – R24,000 per year for off-campus accommodation (depending on location)
  • Additional support: Similar to university students, this may include transport and learning materials funding upon request.

Note: These are base amounts and may be subject to adjustments based on individual circumstances.

NSFAS Payment Status 

Steps to track your NSFAS payment status on the official NSFAS website:

  • Go to the NSFAS website: https://my.nsfas.org.za/
  • Click on the “MyNSFAS” tab.
  • Enter your username and password in the designated fields.
  • If you haven’t registered yet, click on “Register” to create an account.
  • Once you’re logged in, locate the option related to tracking your application or funding progress. This may be labelled as “Track Funding Progress” or something similar.
  • The page should display various details about your application status, including:
    • Whether your funding is approved.
    • Any outstanding requirements.
    • The expected payment date (if available).

What to do if you don’t receive your NSFAS payment on time?

If you haven’t received your NSFAS payment on the expected date, here are the steps you can take:

Contact Your Institution:

  • Connect with your institution’s financial aid office. They might have insights into your specific situation and the internal disbursement process at your institution. 

Contact NSFAS:

  • If your institution confirms they haven’t received the funds and it’s beyond the expected ti+++++++
  • iframe, reach out to NSFAS directly. You can choose from the following options:
    • Call the NSFAS contact centre at 0800 0 NSFAS (0800 0 67327).
    • Send an SMS with your ID number to 31144.
    • Dial 12067327# on your phone and follow the prompts using your ID number.
    • Send a message on WhatsApp to +27 78 519 8006.

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