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This serves to update all students regarding the registration process for NSFAS beneficiaries:

The Central Application Clearing House

Kindly note that NSFAS is not open for late applications.  Only students that have been allocated a space via CACH may be considered for NSFAS funding if eligible.

The Department of Higher Education and Training has developed the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) mechanism to assist prospective students who want to enter a university but may be facing challenges with getting space. Students can access the CACH by sending a standard SMS indicating their name and ID number to 49200, or alternatively, they can access the online system through the url cach.dhet.gov.za to register their details.

Students who applied to an institution on time and have been registered, but never applied to NSFAS may be considered for funding if the university lodges their information with CACH. CACH opened on 4 January 2019 and will close on 28 February 2019.

University Registration /Upfront Fees

The following NSFAS recipients are not required to pay registration and upfront fee:

  • Continuing NSFAS students on the pre-2018 conditions who have met the requirements for continued funding, with in the N + 2 rule;
  • Continuing NSFAS students on the pre-2018 conditions who have met the requirements for continued funding, within the N + 2 rule; but have debt which accumulated as a result of non-payment of the expected family contribution. These students must sign an acknowledgement of debt form available at Financial Aid offices.
  • First Time Entry students (FTEN) who meet the new funding criteria and have confirmed academic space and registration.
  • Continuing students who have been funded based on the R350 000 threshold and are within the N + 1 rule. These students should not have any debt and must have signed their bursary agreement before they register.
  • FTEN students who registered their information through the CACH, have met the bursary criteria and have secured an academic space. They must also sign an agreement that they will be liable for their fees should they not be found eligible in terms of the R350 000 household income threshold.


Historic Debt

This refers to money owed to the university by continuing /returning NSFAS qualifying students who were registered in the 2018 academic year (on the pre-2018 rules).

NSFAS senior returning qualifying students who have an outstanding debt for the 2019 academic year should be registered on condition that they complete the Acknowledgement of Debt form available at Financial Aid, Office number 10. before they can register.

Completion of bank details form and Acknowledgement of Debt form

All NSFAS funded students should urgently complete their bank details form and submit to Financial Aid (with bank statements and copy of ID) Office number 10. This is required to facilitate any relevant funds due to the students during the year.

All students not funded and qualifying for NSFAS should sign an acknowledgement of 2018 debt form available at Financial Aid.

Kind regards,