Since the 3rd of August, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says that it has received more than 160 536 applications from students seeking funding for 2021.
NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, said that the first month saw an average of 5 000 applications per day, with the number sometimes increasing to as high as 6 000 during the last days of August.
“To date, over 188 733 applications have been submitted,” Carolissen said in a statement on Monday.
He said that NSFAS expects even more applications in the final days leading up to the closing date due to economic strain the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.
Applications are currently open for students in Grade 9 to Grade 12 as well as school leavers who want to further their studies at any of the country’s public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or universities.
Carolissen said that NSFAS offers easy and free access to information by building and nurturing long term relationships with stakeholder partnerships which provide personalised links between students and NSFAS during and after the application process.
Also, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) continues to be an active player by offering their facilities – which stretches across nine provinces - to use as application centres, free of charge.
Carolissen said the NYDA centres will be fully operational and accessible as NSFAS applications centres from 14 September 2020, Mondays to Fridays, during office hours.
“NSFAS has strengthened its partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to further increase NSFAS footprint and reachability, specifically for learners in Grade 10 to 12. DBE will link NSFAS with provinces and district offices and provide a database of National Teachers Centres which will assist with applications.
“Applications are submitted online via myNSFAS portal. New applicants need a copy of their ID document or birth certificate to register and create a profile on the myNSFAS portal. Applicants with existing accounts need to log in to their accounts, you’re only allowed to create one profile,” the Administrator explained.
Applicants must provide these supporting documents:
- Their ID document/card or birth certificate;
- ID of parents/ guardian/ spouse (or death certificate where applicable);
- Applicants proof of income (if applicable and should not be older than 3 months);
- Parents/ guardian/ spouse pay advice/ letter of employment/ pension advice stating income (if applicable and should not be older than 3 months;
- Vulnerable children must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form; and
- Applicants with a disability must provide a Disability Annexure A Form (Downloadable on the website).
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) slips are not required.
Note: SASSA should not be included as a household income.
Students are encouraged to apply for NSFAS as well as admission at universities or TVET colleges for 2021.
Submit applications either online or by visiting one of the application centres of NSFAS partners.
NSFAS Contact Centre is opened Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00:
- Email: [email protected]
- Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
- Twitter: myNSFAS
- Instagram: myNSFAS
- NSFAS Connect: www.nsfas.org.za and log into your myNSFAS account
The closing date for applications is on the 30th of November 2020.