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PROSPEC­TIVE stu­dents have un­til the end of Novem­ber to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions for the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for 2019 stu­dent fund­ing.

Peo­ple who have not ap­plied for 2019 fi­nan­cial aid are urged to sub­mit their on­line ap­pli­ca­tions or visit their near­est Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA) cen­tres be­fore Novem­ber 30. Ap­pli­ca­tions opened on Septem­ber 1. “Since the ap­pli­ca­tion cy­cle opened, we have re­ceived 191 887 ap­pli­ca­tions. This num­ber is more than dou­ble the equiv­a­lent num­ber in Oc­to­ber 2017.

“On av­er­age, NSFAS has been re­ceiv­ing 3 500 ap­pli­ca­tions a day.

“The num­bers can be at­trib­uted to the easy-to-com­plete on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem that al­lows ap­pli­cants to com­plete the ap­pli­ca­tion within 5 min­utes,” said Ran­dall Carolis­sen, NSFAS Ad­min­is­tra­tor.

NSFAS part­nered with the NYDA to utilise their branches in all prov­inces to sup­port on­line ap­pli­ca­tions and to cap­ture man­ual ap­pli­ca­tions onto the on­line sys­tem. More than 30 000 stu­dents have been as­sisted through the NYDA branches since the open­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions.

No late ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted. ◆ Do not change your cell­phone num­ber or email ad­dress used for the ap­pli­ca­tion. These will be used by NSFAS to com­mu­ni­cate the re­sult of your ap­pli­ca­tion to you.

◆ Ap­pli­cants who wish to in­quire about their ap­pli­ca­tion sta­tus, or con­test fund­ing de­ci­sions can con­tact NSFAS via a toll free num­ber 086 000 7327.

◆ NSFAS will only fund ap­pli­cants who have been ac­cepted on an ap­proved course at a univer­sity or a TVET col­lege.

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