SU funding applications are still being processed and students will be informed of the second round outcome by end-April


National Student Financial Aid Scheme

Please note Stellenbosch University does not manage the application nor selection process for NSFAS; it only assists with the administration of bursary disbursements to successful recipients under instruction from the government agency

CUBL encourages all students who apply for government funding to also apply for SU financial aid should you not be accepted – or unfunded – by NSFAS. Applications for SU funding open 1 July and close 30 November. There is a new online process that will direct you from your my.sun account to a secure site to complete your e-application. We recommend you first review the How to Apply instructions and prepare the documentation you will need to support your application.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a full cost bursary for a student from a gross household income of less than R350 000 per annum (R29 167 per month) or for a student with a disability, the gross household income must not be more than R600 000 per annum (R50 000 per month). For students who started studying before 2018, the gross household income must be less than R122 000 per annum (R10 167 per month).

Only South African citizens and all SASSA grant recipients qualify for funding. You do not qualify if you have completed a previous qualification, or have already applied, qualified, and received funding. Funding is for the duration of your study programme, provided you pass your modules and meet the academic requirements.

The bursary covers accommodation (where costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for a university residence), transport (R7 500 per annum), living allowance (R15 000 per annum), book allowance (R5 300 per annum) and an incidental/personal care allowance of R2 900 per annum for students in catered residences. Amounts indicated need to be aligned with the approved latest Department of Higher Education (DHET) guidelines. 

We suggest you first visit the NSFAS website to find out how to create your own myNSFAS account (tab on top right of web page), what documentation is required to support your application, and more detailed information and guidelines on the funding scheme.

For any queries, call toll free 0800 0 67 3 27 or email

Applications open 28 September and close 31 January 2023

How to Apply

Review the 2023 Application User Guide.

How to create a myNSFAS account

All students who want to either apply for NSFAS funding, update their personal details, or track their existing application will need to create a myNSFAS account.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the myNSFAS tab at the top right of your screen.
  3. Fill in your personal details (as they appear on your ID).
  4. Fill in your valid contact details (NSFAS will use this to communicate important updates regarding your application).
  5. Accept ‘Terms and Conditions’ by ticking on the box provided. This action is compulsory and will allow NSFAS to validate the information provided.
  6. Create a password to protect your account, confirm password, then click on ‘CREATE’.
  7. A message confirming your account creation will pop on the screen.

Remember to always keep your personal details and passwords private to avoid identity theft or scammers accessing your profile.

Review the myNSFAS account flyer 5.

Important note

Be careful of fake online pages posing as NSFAS as it could be scammers trying to collect your personal details. Please use the official platforms below to contact NSFAS about your 2023 application.

Facebook National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Instagram MyNSFAS
Twitter @myNSFAS

Review NSFAS flyer 6.

Contact Us

Any financial aid query must first be logged with the SU Centre for Client Services (021 808 9111)

Thereafter, you will be advised on the best communication channel, be it a transfer call to CUBL, an email, or an in-person consultation.

Stellenbosch Campus

Physical Address

Admin A Building, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600

Office hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 – 16:30

+27 21 808 9111

Tygerberg Campus

Physical Address

Clinical Building, Francie van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg 7505

Office hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 – 16:30

+27 21 938 9129 / 21 808 9111

Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans (CUBL)

All and only NSFAS and FUNZA bursary assistance at SU (including FMHS NSFAS/FUNZA students)

Due to the high volume of emails received and handled by CUBL, all email correspondence must include a student number, bursary name/ref, and a short descriptor in the subject line.

For example: 'SU#12345678 / NSFAS – change in accommodation form request'. This will ensure your enquiry can be attended to promptly and efficiently.

Current bursary students can make an in-person booking here.
virtual meeting can be schedule via MS Teams (this is our preferred mode of communication).