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 are opened as of 3 September 2018.
NSFAS will work with institutions of higher learning and training, the National Youth Development Agency, community structures and organisations to ensure that all eligible students are reached.
New applicants are urged to apply on the improved online application system known as MyNSFAS Online. The new system aims to improve the time at which users take in applying for funding.
After the completion and submission of the applications, the learners will receive SMS notifications confirming that their application was captured successfully.
Once a student has applied to NSFAS there is a waiting period of about week. Should a student not receive the acknowledgement, they are requested to call NSFAS’s TOLL FREE Call centre, which is 08000 NSFAS (67327).
Meanwhile the NSFAS has announced progress made in resolving the disbursing outstanding funds that are due to students. It said in a statement that the following steps have 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 getting the student support to the 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 institutions and SRCs has been to assist NSFAS to ensure that students have completed and signed the necessary agreements.
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.
Students are argued to sign outstanding NSFAS Bursary Agreement to ensure that their 2019 application proceeds smoothly.
Minister Pandor calls 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.
MyNSFAS Online portal is available for students to update their details immediately. All institutions of higher learning will be capacitated to assist with NSFAS applications.
Minister also asked the students who are receiving their backdated funds to use them wisely to settle outstanding arrears and focus on their studies.
For more information logon to https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html