More than 400 000 applications have been received since the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) opened applications for 2021 funding.
With just 4 weeks left until the closing date, NSFAS has received 493 904 applications to date. This time last year, NSFAS had only received 287 769 applications, making this year's number almost double the number of applications received in last year.
“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.
KwaZulu Natal is the province with the highest number of applications, as it makes up 26% of the national application statistics. Gauteng follows closely behind with 21% and Limpopo in third place with 17% of applications.
Minister Nzimande has thanked the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for partnering with NSFAS.
There are NYDA centres across the country to help applicants through the application process. There are also Teacher’s Centres that will remain open until applications close.
Nzimande has encouraged applicants to visit these centres if they need help with their applications.
Just in September, NSFAS had received more than 300 000 applications. It is most likely that NSFAS will receive 500 000 applications by the end of November.
Applications for 2021 will close on 30 November 2020.
Visit the NSFAS website to apply.