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NSFAS Funding Applications Extended

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NSFAS applications were scheduled to close on 30 November 2020, but after receiving more than 600 000 applications, a new application deadline has been set.

The new application deadline is 1 December 2020, applications can be sent until 23:59. 

This change comes after NSFAS received a high volume of traffic on the website on 30 November. 

"As expected, we are experiencing high traffic volumes to the myNSFAS portal as everyone rushes to meet the application deadline which results in the system becoming slow." said NSFAS in a tweet.

NSFAS has also been dealing with fake news and said this has led to more people visiting the website. 

"This traffic is also impacted by the Fake News shared over the weekend, causing unnecessary panic to all applicants who have already applied for 2021." read the tweet.
 
There have been posts circulating on social media claiming that NSFAS beneficiaries must reapply in order to be considered for 2021 funding. 
 
NSFAS has dismissed these posts as fake news and said students who are already receiving NSFAS funding do not need to reapply.
 
"FAKE NEWS ALERT!! You are NOT required to reapply if:
1. You applied for #NSFAS2021 funding during August 2020 & November 2020.
2. You are currently funded for NSFAS in 2020 & you will be continuing your undergrad qualification in 2021."
 
On 26 November, Minister Blade Nzimande said NSFAS had already received a total of 648 000 applications for 2021 funding. 
 
Applications from KwaZulu Natal dominate over other provinces, making up 27% of the total applications received so far. Gauteng and Limpopo (16%) follow closely behind, making up 20% and 16% of the applications submitted.
 
He said more applications are expected to be received before the closing date.
 
"Rough estimates suggest that there will be over 800 000 new applications for the 2021 application cycle by the closing date at the end of November 2020." said the Minister.

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