If you plan to study next year, but need funding then you should consider applying for NSFAS. Applications for 2021 funding opened this year in August, but they're coming to an end in a few days.
The closing date for applications for 2021 funding is Monday 30 November 2021.
National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides funding for university and tvet college students. NSFAS has set requirements for applicants hoping to apply.
Applications are open to first time undergraduate students who come from households with a combined income of R350 000 or less.
A full list of requirements are available on the NSFAS website, applications must be done online.
Minister Blade Nzimande, the minister responsible for Higher Education recently announced that NSFAS had received 493 904 by the start of November.
“Female applicants account for a 68 percent (338 324) of the total, while male applicants only account for 32 percent (155 543). This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” said Minister Blade Nzimande, the minister responsible for Higher Education.
In an effort to help all applicants, NSFAS partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
There are NYDA centres across the country to help applicants through the application process. There are also Teacher’s Centres, from the DBE that will remain open until applications close.
Minister Nzimande has encouraged applicants to visit the NYDA centres and teachers' centres if they are in need of help.
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) November 25, 2020