NSFAS provides a great opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students in completing their higher education. It is a financial aid program that waives tuition fees, accommodation expenses, traveling charges, incident care, and more.
Blade Nzimande announced the allocation of R47.3 billion to NSFAS for the bursaries of almost 700,000 students!
NSFAS Voucher Expiry
To be honest, the NSFAS funding program provides no information to recipients about the wallet, voucher, payment, and transaction, which is a downside of the system.
As a student, I have faced delays in transactions on the system because I was not aware of how to create vouchers, get cash, or other things. Therefore, in this section, I’ll make sure to discuss everything that I have learned so far about NSFAS from my experience.
The cash vouchers issued by NSFAS to assist the students financially are called NSFAS vouchers. These vouchers are awarded to students who qualify for the NSFAS funding program but haven’t received the full amount of funds in their bank deposit because of technical or administrative faults.
To withdraw the cash, you need to create the voucher. For this purpose, There are two main methods:
The internet and the cellphone.
If you’re following the internet method, please open the web browser and visit this link: celbux.appspot.com.
Now log in to the myNSFAS account by entering your ID and password and tapping on the login button. Click on the pay button, enter the amount that you want to withdraw, and click Done.
You can receive the cash or funds in the NSFAS wallet through cell phone by following these steps:
- Dial 134176# from your mobile and enter your national ID number for verification.
- It will take a few seconds to authenticate your account.
- Once your account is verified, you will receive a password through SMS. You can use this password to access your NSFAS account.
Once you have created the cash voucher for the NSFAS fund, you can use it in different stores including Shoprite, Checkers, Boxer, Usave, SPAR, Van Schaik, Choppies, Nando’s, McDonald’s, Spur, Romans Pizza, Burger King, Hungry Lion, John Dory’s, Roco Mamas, and Debonairs.
Points To Remember
When you’re creating the voucher, please remember that every time you submit the field or screen changes, it will take no more than twenty seconds to process. In case, there is an unusual delay, please repeat the process from the beginning.
Please save the NSFAS contact number: 134176# * in your contact list for easy access. Remember that you can use the NSFAS voucher to shop from the following stores: Shoprite, Checkers, Boxer, Usave, SPAR, Van Schaik, Choppies, Nando’s, McDonald’s, Spur, Romans Pizza, Burger King, Hungry Lion, John Dory’s, Roco Mamas, and Debonairs.
In case of any query, please contact the NSFAS helpline. Dial 08000 NSFAS or 08000 67327 to get your problems solved. You can also visit the official website of NSFAS nsfas.org.za.
Based on my experience, I must say the NSFAS customer care helpline is not worthy maybe because of high trafficking. I always get disappointed whenever I contact them, especially through the website.
Don’t worry! I’ll explain the most frequently asked queries in the next heading for your ease. All the below-mentioned questions are related to the NSFAS voucher, so let’s start!
Does NSFAS Voucher Expire?
That’s the most commonly asked question! If you are worried about the expiry of your NSFAS voucher, please keep calm because the NSFAS voucher won’t expire. Once you have created an NSFAS voucher, you can use it anytime.
What Happens When NSFAS Voucher Expires?
As I said above, the NSFAS voucher won’t expire. But, there is the possibility of errors by the administration or technical team. In case, there is a technical problem, you can call customer care of NSFAS. But, if you have chosen a lower amount than the voucher’s total amount, the remaining cash will be returned to the NSFAS wallet.
How Do I Convert My NSFAS Voucher To Cash?
You can convert the NSFAS voucher to cash at any store that accepts NSFAS vouchers. Request the amount of money that you want to withdraw, give your voucher number to the store cashier, and he will pay you the cash.
Where Can I Cash Out My NSFAS Voucher?
You can cash out an NSFAS voucher from any NSFAS-supported store. These are the stores that accept NSFAS vouchers: Shoprite, Checkers, Boxer, Usave, SPAR, Van Schaik, Choppies, Nando’s, McDonald’s, Spur, Romans Pizza, Burger King, Hungry Lion, John Dory’s, Roco Mamas, and Debonairs.
Is An NSFAS Voucher Reversible?
Yes, the NSFAS voucher is reversible. You can request the reversal from the browser option. But, if you have chosen a lower amount than the voucher’s total amount, the remaining cash will be returned to the NSFAS wallet.
Why Is My NSFAS Voucher Declining?
There can be multiple possible reasons why your NSFAS voucher is declining. For example, you have clicked on the wrong button, a security alert, a technical problem, an internet issue, you fluffed the password, and many more. You can double-check the process from start to end, consider the daily limit, and enter the password rightly to resolve this issue.
Why Is My NSFAS Voucher Declining At The Store?
Well, I have already mentioned the possible reasons above, but this time, let’s assume that you have completed the process perfectly. In this scenario, check the NSFAS wallet to see if there is enough amount or not.
If the NSFAS wallet has money but is still voucher declining at the store, remember the daily limit. The NSFAS wallet has a daily limit, which you can also exceed by sending a request.
NSFAS financial aid program aims to assist students in completing their tertiary education. It covers living expenses, study material, tuition fees, accommodation, travel, food, and more. In a word, NSFAS is a great opportunity for South African students, but the program’s customer service is not updated which causes trouble for students.