How to Apply for NSFAS for Stellenbosch University

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, NSFAS applications for student funding for the 2023 year is ongoing, thus, from October to 7th January 2023.

“NSFAS is an external entity. The Centre for Bursaries and Loans administer the funding and merely follows the instruction from NSFAS.”

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Important Information

Note that from 2023 NSFAS will only pay out allowances to students in accredited accommodation. The university has already embarked on a process with landlords too, in the interim, registering their accommodation and starting a process of accreditation.

For more information on accreditation of accommodation please visit > accommodation > private accommodation.

Any enquiries can be forwarded to email: 

Refunding of Your Family’s Own Contribution

The Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries & Loans (CUBL) will authorize a refund of your family’s contribution or portion of their payment, only if your student fee account will be settled (show a zero balance) after we have deducted your family’s contribution from the amount that was received from NSFAS up to date.

Note that NSFAS makes multiple payments throughout the year per student. Students need to submit proof of their family’s payment via email together with the completed banking details form to CUBL at the following email address: with the above title.

Credit on Student Fee Account

The credit balance caused by the rebate on your accommodation will be refunded to NSFAS.

Note that your food allowance will also be adjusted in terms of the national guidelines for food allowances to recipients of NSFAS-bursaries.

All students staying in private accommodation or with their parents receive a maximum allowance of R1,500 per month for food. Adjustments will be made from the date you have left your SU residence.

Credits that were caused as a result of these adjustments will be refunded to NSFAS and is not available to the students to spend on food. Credits that were caused as a result of the discontinuation of modules as well as other top-up funding, will be reserved and paid back to NSFAS.

NSFAS Allowances 2023

Please take note of the below information with regards to the allowances for 2023.

1. Allowances for Private accommodation will take longer as the information provided needs to be verified.

2. Students who are receiving the Capped NSFAS funding (Those who were initially funded before 2018) will only receive their book allowance until we are able to determine their cost of study to pay out the balance.

The Annual NSFAS Allowance Breakdown for 2023 Is as Follows:

Allowance Category Annual Amount Campus Months / Payments Self-Catered Res Catered Res Private Accommodation Home
Study Materials (Once off) R5 200.00 Stellenbosch & Tygerberg 1 R5 200.00 R5 200.00 R5 200.00 R5200.00
Accommodation (Max) R56 166.00 Stellenbosch 10 R5 617.00
Tygerberg 11 R5 106.00
Living Allowance R15 000.00 Stellenbosch 10 R1 500.00 R1 500.00 R1500.00
Tygerberg 11 R1 364.00 R1 364.00 R1364.00
Incidental Allowance R2 900.00 Stellenbosch 10 R290.00
R3 190.00 Tygerberg 11 R290.00
Travel R7 500.00 Stellenbosch 10 R750.00
Tygerberg 11 R682.00


Allowances are paid for 10 months (March to December) and 11 months (January to November) for Stellenbosch and Tygerberg students, respectively.

How to Apply To NSFAS

➡ For mobile users click HERE​​

Students with Disabilities:

Stellenbosch University welcomes students with disabilities or special learning needs.

  • You can call the Disability Unit on +27 (0) 21 8084707,
  • or visit for more information.

You can also contact your faculty for assistance.

The Disability Unit forms part of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development (CSCD)

  • The physical address is 37 Victoria Street, Den Bosch.

➡ Click on this NSFAS Disability Annexure A_2023.pdf to the Disability Unit Website.

Herewith are the different categories of disability

The Centre for Bursaries and Loans work closely with the Disability Unit and NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) to assist with funding for students with disabilities or special learning needs.

For your convenience, please click on the link to the NSFAS website, to apply for financial aid.
When you apply for financial aid, you need to complete the NSFAS Disability Annexure form and upload it onto your profile with all the supporting documents.


You are welcome to contact our Client Service Centre at 021 8089111 for assistance.

Contact NSFAS Virtual Contact Centre:

  • Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • Instagram: @myNSFAS
  • Twitter: @myNSFAS
  • NSFAS Connect: visit and log into your myNSFAS account

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