NSFAS receives more than 100 000 applications

By Oluthando Keteyi - 04 October 2019Views : 1172

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 141 933 applications since the opening date, September 01, 2019.

On average, NSFAS has been receiving more than 4000 applications a day, with the number going as high as 6000 a day on peak weeks. By September 30, NSFAS had received an additional 27 455 applications as compared to the 101 545 received around the same time last year.

On entering its second month, the NSFAS applications cycle has officially opened applications for Grade 9 to12 learners and out of school youth who wish to further their studies at any TVET college in South Africa during the 2020 academic year.

Prospective applicants have until November 30, 2019 midnight to apply for funding.

As part of the application drive to encourage qualifying persons to apply on time, NSFAS embarked on a nationwide 2020 applications roadshow. The purpose of the roadshow is to reach out to learners and out of school youth who need the NSFAS funding but have challenges with accessing the application resources.

Applications are submitted online by creating a myNSFAS account on the NSFAS website; www.nsfas.org.za.

Applicants with an existing account can sign in using their usernames and password or Facebook/Google accounts. Students can also submit their applications using their smartphones. It is important to note that applicants should have working cellphone numbers and a valid email address before applying.

To qualify for NSFAS funding for university and TVET college studies, the applicant should meet the following criteria:

1. Be a South African citizen

2. Intends to enrol at any of the 26 public universities, or 50 TVET colleges in 2020

3. Comes from a family with a combined household income of up to R350 000 per annum (up to R600 000 per annum if the applicant has a disability).

4. Should not have received NSFAS funding in 2019, (those who were successfully funded previously, are automatically funded for 2020, provided they meet academic requirements)

It is important for applicants to attach all required supporting documents when submitting an application. Submitting all the required documents will enable NSFAS to process the application timeously.