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While NSFAS gears up to fund all qualifying students for the current academic year, the bursary scheme has come under scrutiny over the spending of allocated funds.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme announced it would have a ‘delay free’ start of the 2023 academic year, as necessary measures had been put in place. Unfortunately, the scheme has been faced with student backlogs on its applications.


One important consideration individuals make before enrolling in a higher education programme is affordability. This is because the cost of tertiary education can serve as a barrier to many people wanting to obtain academic qualifications.


For over two decades, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme has been providing financial aid to students in public universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training Colleges. The government bursary scheme has introduced a new way of paying out allowances to its bursary recipients.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme provincially accepted approximately 613,000 online funding applications for 2023. The Scheme has released its funding list to tertiary institutions across the country and brought help closer to its recipients.


More than 1.6 millions applications were submitted by students hoping to be funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme in 2023 academic. Now, many of these applicants are awaiting feedback from the bursary scheme. 


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme provides comprehensive bursaries to deserving students at public tertiary educational institutions in South Africa. This included providing improved allocation to students studying at public colleges.

The cost of the tertiary education extends beyond the tuition fees of an academic programme. The higher education bursary scheme wants to ensure that students are adequately supported on their education journey.

The number of students set to benefit from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme is approaching new highs. In 2023, around 900,000 are expected to receive Nsfas funding.


The South African government will provide its higher education bursary scheme with more than R40 billion to fund thousands of students obtaining tertiary education qualifications. These students will receive comprehensive bursaries.

The cost of tertiary education may prevent thousands of students from obtaining qualifications that can increase their prospect of finding employment. Students are reminded that this is the last day they can apply for a bursary that covers all aspects of their studies.  


Thousands of students wanting to enrol in academic programmes at institutions of higher learning will require funding for their studies. Students who unsuccessfully applied for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme bursary now have an opportunity to submit an appeal.


Ever since the birth of the #FeesMustFall movement, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) has gone from being a student loan to being a bursary that supports a great number of individuals that were in need of funding their tertiary qualification. However, the government bursary scheme strictly funds students who meet its eligibility criteria.


Student accommodation remains one of the most frustrating challenges students find themselves dealing with when entering or returning to tertiary institutions. Although the Department of Higher Education and Training, alongside NSFAS, have pledged to resolve some of the problems, there is still a long way to go.

In a matter of weeks, some public universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges will be concluding their registration period. However, the government bursary scheme is in the process of making sure that initial costs needed by these institutions are covered soonest.

Several announcements to the tertiary education sector, and TVET Colleges in particular, were made during Minister Blade Nzimande's annual address regarding the DHET's readiness for the 2023 academic year. 

Details highlighting the Department of Higher Education and Training's state of readiness have been revealed by Minister Blade Nzimande in his annual address. The Minister gave insight into when applicants will receive communication concerning their NSFAS applications.


As the 2022 matric learners prepare to receive their results, many are wondering about their Nsfas application status. Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, has clarified some worries prospective students may have.

Nsfas has faced a number of challenges with the provision of student accommodation over the past few years. The bursary scheme is looking to change this by opening its doors to eligible student housing providers.   

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme ensures that thousands of students can obtain tertiary education without having to worry about the costs. However, a student union wants the bursary scheme to make provision for a greater number of students.





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