NSFAS 2019 ap­pli­ca­tions open

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

THE MIN­IS­TER of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Naledi Pan­dor, says it is all sys­tems go for next year’s ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing.

Are you a ma­tric­u­lant who might need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance in your first year of higher ed­u­ca­tion learn­ing?

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor has an­nounced that the 2019 Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) ap­pli­ca­tions for new ap­pli­cants opened on 3 Septem­ber 2018.

New ap­pli­cants are urged to ap­ply on the im­proved on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem known as MyNSFAS On­line. The new sys­tem aims to im­prove the time that users take to ap­ply for fund­ing.

Af­ter the com­ple­tion and sub­mis­sion of their ap­pli­ca­tions, learn­ers will re­ceive SMS no­ti­fi­ca­tions con­firm­ing that the ap­pli­ca­tions were cap­tured suc­cess­fully.

Once a stu­dent has ap­plied to NSFAS there is a wait­ing pe­riod of about week. Should a stu­dent not re­ceive any ac­knowl­edge­ment, they are re­quested to call NSFAS’s TOLL FREE Call cen­tre on: 08000 NSFAS (67327).

Mean­while, NSFAS has an­nounced progress made in re­solv­ing the of dis­burs­ing out­stand­ing funds that are due to stu­dents. It said in a state­ment that the fol­low­ing steps had been taken: NSFAS has de­ployed staff to all in­sti­tu­tions to fa­cil­i­tate the process of ad­dress­ing the bot­tle­necks that have re­sulted from a range of fac­tors.

The nec­es­sary funds are avail­able and steady progress is be­ing made in pro­vid­ing sup­port to qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents. NSFAS has wel­comed the sup­port from in­sti­tu­tions and stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cils at uni­ver­si­ties and TVET col­leges in clear­ing bot­tle­necks to the dis­burse­ment of funds.

The sup­port of the in sti­tu­tions and SRCs has been to as­sist NSFAS to en­sure that stu­dents have com­pleted and signed the nec­es­sary agree­ments. Stu­dents are urged to sign out­stand­ing NSFAS Bur­sary Agree­ments to en­sure that their 2019 ap­pli­ca­tions pro­ceed smoothly.

Min­is­ter Pan­dor also called on all stu­dents to make sure they in­form NSFAS of their change of con­tact de­tails, par­tic­u­larly cell phone num­bers, as this is the pri­mary com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool to in­form stu­dents of the dis­burse­ment of funds.

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