Call for stu­dent aid scheme to stay open

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THE Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) ap­pli­ca­tions process should not have clos­ing dates and should be open through­out the year.

This is ac­cord­ing to the Stu­dent Fo­rum 4 Ser­vice De­liv­ery (SF4SD)’s Katlego Mot­lagodisa, who is the fo­rum’s stu­dent con­vener.

Mot­lagodisa said said the ap­pli­ca­tion process should be open through­out the year in or­der to at­tract more ap­pli­cants who wished to study at uni­ver­si­ties and TVET col­leges.

“SF4SD again says NSFAS should con­sider of­fer­ing in­di­gent ma­tric­u­lants full bur­saries, not loans,” he said.

Yes­ter­day, NSFAS re­opened for 2017 ap­pli­ca­tions for all learn­ers who had not ap­plied dur­ing the Au­gust 1 -Novem­ber 30, 2016 win­dow pe­riod.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for stu­dents who wish to study at TVET col­leges open from yes­ter­day to Fe­bru­ary 14, while ap­pli­ca­tions for stu­dents who wish to study at uni­ver­si­ties opened on Fri­day and close on Jan­uary 20.

“Al­though NSFAS will ac­cept pa­per ap­pli­ca­tions, uni­ver­si­ties and TVET col­leges are en­cour­aged to as­sist stu­dents to sub­mit on­line ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing th­ese ap­pli­ca­tion pe­ri­ods. This will speed up the process of eval­u­a­tion and fund­ing to stu­dents,” NSFAS said in a state­ment.

“We are call­ing on all young peo­ple who missed the first ap­pli­ca­tion phase this year and need NSFAS fi­nan­cial sup­port to take ad­van­tage of this sec­ond op­por­tu­nity and sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance as soon as pos­si­ble.

“On­line ap­pli­ca­tions can be done on the NSFAS web­site, while man­ual ap­pli­ca­tions can be sent via fax, post or email, as with the re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion phase. It is now time to start col­lat­ing all your sup­port­ing doc­u­ments so that the ap­pli­ca­tions process is smoother.”

Mot­lagodisa said all funds from sec­tor ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing au­thor­i­ties should be utilised on all South African in­di­gents ma­tric­u­lants when ac­cess­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Those who need sup­port must ap­ply timeously

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