After months of delays, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has confirmed that NSFAS funded students can now order laptops online.
In a statement released on Tuesday 13 April, NSFAS said the first batch of laptops will be given to students who are registered at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
This is following a mandate from Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande.
"As communicated previously, NSFAS has developed a student Digital Learning Device Online Order portal for qualifying NSFAS students to order their devices on the NSFAS website. All NSFAS funded students who require a device can visit www.nsfas.org.za, click mNSFAS, and click the Online Order portal to place an order. To complete the order, students need to agree to the terms and conditions." NSFAS said in the statement.
NSFAS Chief Corporate Services Officer, Sibongile Mncwabe said NSFAS has been consulting with stakeholders to ensure that the process to procure laptops runs smoothly.
“Consultations with the university sector have neared completion allowing university NSFAS funded students to commence ordering their devices through our portal. We are speedily continuing with the TVET consultation to enable college NSFAS funded students to also submit their orders online,” Mncwabe said.
NSFAS students can expect more updates in the coming weeks.
Students who want to place a laptop order online must provide the following details:
- South African ID number
- Student number
- Name of the institution the student is registered at
- Campus name
- Home address
Students who are not funded by NSFAS, but are in need of a laptop, have been advised to consult their institutions.
These students will be responsible for paying for the laptop, based on the payment terms they agree to with their institution.