How to Apply Laptop from NSFAS – A Step-by-Step Guide

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, NSFAS has found necessary the use of laptop devices in all institutions, therefore, If you are NSFAS beneficiary in need of a device and you have not ordered yours yet, you should get ordering.

NSFAS laptop application for 2023 is out. Prospective beneficiaries can get a laptop from NSFAS for free.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will require some information from you to know if you are qualified to receive an NSFAS laptop.

As an NSFAS funded student, you should produce a valid ID, proof of registration (or student card) as well as sign the acknowledgment receipt of the digital learning device on delivery. You will also have to agree to the terms and conditions of the device as set out by your institution.

People who can register:

  • NSFAS funded students at TVET colleges: You must be a continuing student who was registered in 2020 and currently registered to study in 2021.
  • NSFAS funded students at universities: You must be registered to study at any public university; both first-time entering and continuing students may apply for a learning device.


How to apply for NSFAS laptop for free 2023

NSFAS-funded students registered at public universities and TVET colleges can now make their NSFAS laptop application 2023 via a student Digital Learning Device Online Order portal.

01 Complete the DLD form:

Collect, complete and submit the Digital Learning Device (DLD) form to your Financial Aid Office (FAO) on campus. Order your laptop on the DLD online order portal via the NSFAS website: NSFAS along with your institution will verify your details as well as your order.

02 Collection:Once the verification process is complete, an order for your laptop will be placed with our service providers to dispatch the device for delivery. Once your laptop is ready, you will be called by the laptop service provider or your institution to arrange collection/delivery.

Remember, once you are contacted for the delivery and collection of the device, no one can receive/collect the laptop on your behalf, you must be present and also sign before it is handed over to you.

03 Identification:You must produce your ID/birth certificate and proof of academic registration/student card from your institution before receiving your device.

05 Agree to the terms and conditions:You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions as set out by your institution before receiving your learning device.

06 Laptop payment:Non-NSFAS funded students who require a device should consult their institutions as they will remain responsible for the payment of the device and must therefore agree to the payment terms as defined by the institution.

In addition, the portal will require the following information for the NSFAS laptop application 2023:

  • South African ID number;
  • Student number, Contact details;
  • Name of the institution they are registered at;
  • Campus name and home address.

Students who are not funded by NSFAS but who need a laptop should consult their institutions.

According to Mncwabe, these students will be responsible for paying for the laptop they receive from their institution. As such, they need to agree to the institution’s repayment terms.


Mncwabe said consultations with universities started soon after Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande issued a directive for NSFAS to expedite the issuance of laptops to students.

“Consultations with the university sector have neared completion allowing university NSFAS-funded students to commence ordering their devices through our portal,” she said.

“We are speedily continuing with the TVET consultation to enable college NSFAS-funded students to also submit their orders online.”

NSFAS urged applicants to direct their inquiries via the following contacts:

Step 5: Agree to the terms and conditions


The student should be advised that the following information will be asked when placing your order:

  • South African ID number
  • Student number
  • Contact details
  • Name of the institution they are registered at Campus name
  • Home address

So if you have already ordered, your order is on its way to getting approved and if you have not yet ordered, order now to avoid any delay in your online learning.

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