NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Dates, Amount and Eligibility!

The payment schedule includes bi-weekly payments from February to March, urging recipients to regularly check their cards during this period. Starting in April, monthly payments are made, in the first week of each month.  The new deadline for the 2024 application cycle is February 15, 2024.

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Dates

The NSFAS payment dates for 2024 have been announced, and the schedule is as follows:

First Semester:

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  • Cycle 1: February 6, 2024
  • Cycle 2: March 6, 2024
  • Cycle 3: April 3, 2024
  • Cycle 4: May 2, 2024
  • Cycle 5: June 5, 2024

Second Semester:

  • Cycle 6 (Medical School): July 3, 2024
  • Cycle 6: July 7, 2024 (for all other campuses)

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Schedule 

The 2024 payment schedule can help you plan your finances and avoid unnecessary stress.

Initial Payments:

  • January 31st, 2024: NSFAS released R4.2 billion to universities and TVET colleges to cover initial payments and registration fees.
  • Late January: University students received their first allowance instalment within the last week of January.

Regular Payments:

  • February and March: The payment schedule shifted from monthly to bi-weekly during these months. Students received payments every two weeks.
  • April onwards: Monthly payments resumed, typically arriving in the first week of each month.

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Dates

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Eligibility 

To be eligible for the NSFAS allowance, you must meet specific criteria related to citizenship, financial need, academic progress, and registration status:


  • You must be a South African citizen or a permanent resident with a valid South African ID number.

Financial Need:

  • The total income of your household cannot be more than the NSFAS level. It is as follows for the 2024–2025 academic year:
    • R350,000 per year for non-disabled students.
    • R600,000 per year for students with disabilities.
  • If you are a SASSA grant recipient, you automatically meet the financial eligibility criteria.

Academic Progress:

  • Be registered for an approved NSFAS-funded program at a public university or TVET college.
  • Exact requirements may vary depending on your study program and institution.

Registration Status:

  • You must be formally registered for an approved NSFAS-funded qualification at a public university or TVET college.This typically involves passing a certain number of courses and maintaining a specific grade point average.
  • You must not have already completed a previous qualification at a university level.
  • There may be specific eligibility criteria for certain study programs or student categories.
  • Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee funding, as it also depends on available resources and budget allocation.

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Application 

Create a MyNSFAS Account:

  • Visit the NSFAS website (https://www.nsfas.org.za/) and click on “myNSFAS.”
  • Register using your ID number and email address.
  • Activate your account by verifying your email and phone number.

Submit Your Application:

  • During the open application period, log in to your MyNSFAS account.
  • Click on “Apply” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Accurately complete all sections and upload the required supporting documents.
  • These documents usually include:
    • Proof of citizenship and residency.
    • Evidence of your household’s income and your own.
    • Academic transcripts and certificates.
    • Disability documentation (if applicable).
  • Carefully review your application before submitting it.

Track Your Application:

  • You can track your application status through your MyNSFAS account.
  • NSFAS will communicate with you via email and SMS regarding the outcome of your application.

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Deadline 

The deadline for applying for the NSFAS allowance in 2024 was initially set for January 31, 2024. 

However, NSFAS has announced an extension of the application deadline, allowing students more time to apply for financial assistance. The new deadline for the 2024 application cycle is February 15, 2024.

NSFAS Allowance 2024 Payment Amount

The NSFAS allowance amount for 2024 depends on several factors, including your study level (university or TVET college), location (urban, peri-urban, or rural), and disability status. Here’s a breakdown:

University Students:

Living Allowance:

  • R16,500 per year, including:
    • R3,045 personal care allowance.
    • R13,455 meal allowance.

Learning Material Allowance:

  • Up to R5,460 per year.

Accommodation Allowance:

  • Capped at:
    • R50,000 per year in metro areas.
    • R41,000 per year in non-metro areas.
    • R66,500 per year in catered institutions in metro areas.
    • R57,500 per year in catered institutions in non-metro areas.

TVET College Students:

Living Allowance:

  • Increased from R6,000 to R10,000 per year.

Learning Material Allowance:

  • Up to R5,460 per year for students registered for multiple modules.
  • Proportional amount for fewer modules.

Transport Allowance:

  • R7,350 per year for travel up to 40 km from the institution.

Students with disabilities:

  • One-time assistive device allowance of R50,000.
  • Up to R2,000 per year for repairs and maintenance of devices.

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