The Nsfas, known in full as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa. It is the government’s way of helping economically disadvantaged undergraduate students after high school to pay for their tertiary education. Although the South African government provides financial aid for numerous students, many others do not benefit from this program due to the sheer number of applicants each year. However, if you apply for Nsfas and your application is not accepted during the year you applied, and you submit an appeal, log into your Nsfas Account the following year to check your application status.
Here are the steps to follow to access your Nsfas account.
- If you already have a Nsfas Account, all you need to do is to use your password and username for your Google account or Facebook account to sign in.
- If you don’t have one, then create a valid email address and have a strong password that consists of figures and letters.
- Visit the Nsfas website at http://www.nsfas.org.za/ and click on “myNfsas account”.
- Type in your username, which is oftentimes the email address you previously created. Then enter your password into the section that requests it.
- Type in your most recent phone number and email address into the “my personal details” tab and click the section that says “update your details” to move forward. The phone number and email address you provide should not belong to anyone else.
- You will receive a One Time Pin as a message on your new number and as an email to the address you provided. Then type in the One Time Pin (OTP) you received so that your information will be updated to the system.
Note that sharing your Nsfas password with some other person irrespective of who it is is not acceptable for security reasons.
Also, you may be unable to access your Nsfas account within certain periods due to network issues. It can also happen if officials are performing maintenance work on the website as a whole.
If you have a Nsfas Account, but you cannot remember the password, here are the steps to follow;
- Enter your ID number on the “forgot your password” tab.
- Click that you have forgotten your password and tap submit.
- The site will send you an OTP through an SMS and an email which you have to type in and tap “submit” again.
- After which, you have to create a new password that is strong but also easy for you to remember.
Note that if you are no longer in possession of the phone number you used to create your Nsfas Account and you’ve forgotten your login details, you need to submit a certified affidavit to firstname.lastname@example.org to request that the system updates your Nsfas account information with the new one you’ve provided. If you do not do this, you’ll be permanently unable to access your Nsfas account.