In its quarter-century of existence, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme has funded millions of South Africans wishing to study further; and despite the many glitches in its system, it still continues to carry many higher education students through colleges and universities.

Following the long awaited opening of the 2019 applications, Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor announced in a statement: “In the first 8 days of the administration R2.2 billion has been disbursed. Of the 273 000 first time entering students at TVET Colleges and Universities, a total of 211 000 have received the relevant funds, while close to 239 000 of the 241 000 returning students have been successfully linked to the system.”

Funding for NSFAS covers the following: tuition fees, accommodation allowance, meal allowance, transport allowance and book allowance. Applications for 2019 are set to close at the end of this month so if you have been procrastinating applying for next year’s funding, here’s all the info you need to know:

SO WHO CAN APPLY FOR NSFAS FUNDING?

You Qualify for NSFAS funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a South African citizen
  • You are studying your first post-school qualification at a public university or TVET college
  • You are registering for your course for the first time in 2018 or 2019
  • You come from a family who are SASSA beneficiaries or
  • Your household income does not exceed R350 000 per year

WHERE CAN YOU APPLY?

  • Apply online @ www.nsfas.org.za
  • At selected universities or TVET colleges
  • At any NYDA centre

BEFORE APPLYING, CHECK YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Certified copy of your South African birth certificate or ID document
  • Certified copies of proof of income if your parent/s or guardian/s are employed
  • Certified copies of your parent/s or guardian/s ID
  • A completed consent form signed by your parent/s or guardian/s which is needed to verify their identity and income
  • If you have a disability, complete Disability Annexure A.

Do you still have unanswered questions about applying for NSFAS? Read our articles on frequently asked questions regarding NSFAS and click on the link for information on how to apply.

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