NSFAS opens ap­pli­ca­tions for 2018

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education -

the NA­tIoNAl stu­DeNt fI­NAN­CIAl AID Scheme has joined forces with the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to ap­ply for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing.

Prospec­tive stu­dents who qual­ify for stu­dent fund­ing can now ap­ply to the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2018 aca­demic year.

The ap­pli­ca­tion process opened on 1 Au­gust and closes on 30 Novem­ber 2017.

NSFAS, for­merly known as Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Fund of South Africa, has awarded about R72 bil­lion in loans and bur­saries to de­serv­ing stu­dents since its in­cep­tion.

In the cur­rent aca­demic year alone, at least 524 950 stu­dents have re­ceived fund­ing, with half of that num­ber from 50 tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing col­leges and the other half from 26 pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties.

In an ef­fort to cre­ate an eas­ier ap­pli­ca­tion process for stu­dents, NSFAS has part­nered with the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA), which will as­sist with ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mak­ing ac­cess eas­ier

The part­ner­ship will al­low NSFAS to make use of the 15 NYDA branches na­tion­wide, as well as the more than 50 Lo­cal Youth Of­fices to ac­cept NSFAS ap­pli­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to NSFAS act­ing ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ler­ato Nage.

Lo­cal Youth Of­fices are sit­u­ated within lo­cal gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties in all nine provinces.

Nage em­pha­sised that the NSFAS of­fice has been work­ing hard to en­able stu­dents eas­ier ac­cess to ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We have worked be­hind the scenes to strengthen and im­prove our in­ter­nal sys­tems and ca­pac­ity, to be able to deal with the high vol­umes of ap­pli­ca­tions that we are ex­pect­ing.

“We an­tic­i­pate that we will re­ceive an even greater num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions this year, for the 2018 aca­demic cy­cle,” Nage added.

Grade 12 learn­ers, out-of­school young peo­ple, un­em­ployed young peo­ple and pub­lic univer­sity and TVET col­lege stu­dents cur­rently not funded by NSFAS who are in need of fi­nan­cial sup­port in 2018 can start sub­mit­ting their ap­pli­ca­tions.

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