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NSFAS funding deadline looms

Written by Allison Cooper

Time is running out for students who still want to apply for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for 2021.

Well over 400 000 students have already submitted their applications for funding to the NSFAS, in time for the final cut-off date of 30 November.

According to the NSFAS, the number of applications already received is double that of the applications received in previous cycles by the same time. By this time last year, during the 2020 application cycle, it had received over 230 000 applications.

The NSFAS has also noticed a major improvement in applications from provinces which  were extremely low the past two years. The Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State and North West have more than doubled their previous years’ applications. The latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that the NSFAS’ efforts in providing easy access, through partnerships, is yielding positive results.

KwaZulu-Natal remains the province that has submitted the highest number of applications so far. Gauteng is next followed by Limpopo.

“We remain highly grateful to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Basic Education for their continuous support and partnership. The NYDA centres and Teachers’ Centres across the country will remain operational as the NSFAS application centres throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres.”

Tour NSFAS online

Have you ever been to the NSFAS’ office or applied for funding?

If not, don’t worry, because it’s now so easy with the NSFAS’ Virtual Outreach Exhibition (VOE) tour. All you have to do is go online to the scheme’s website (www.nsfas.org.za) and click on the button that says Outreach Virtual Exhibition Tour.

The online tour of the NSFAS and its products and services provides students with all of the information they need to apply for funding. The tour is also interactive and three dimensional, meaning that students can click various buttons for information and will feel as if they are right at the NSFAS’ office.

By visiting the VOE, students can watch videos and find all the information they need about the NSFAS, who qualifies for funding, how to apply for funding, how to study at a university or technical and vocational education and training college and more. They can also download content.

The VOE is available 24-hours a day, with no restrictions on location or time, and can be accessed using a computer, tablet or cellphone.

For more information, contact the NSFAS Contact Centre, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, or visit www.nsfas.org.za.