Student funding applications through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for 2023 have been open since the end of September. But this has not deterred fraudsters from attempting to deceive unsuspecting applicants by misrepresenting themselves as the bursary scheme.
NSFAS recently took to social media platform to warn applicants from falling prey to a fraud scheme in which a fake email that claims to be from NSFAS requests an R700 payment after falsely claiming to have granted a student funding application.
The bursary scheme has emphasised that their application process is entirely free and that students should ensure to only submit their application on the NSFAS official websites.
Applicants, please note that you do NOT pay for NSFAS applications, applying for NSFAS funding is FREE, please visit http://nsfas.org.za for factual information.
The Nsfas application system has recently undergone improvements to make it more comparable to other application systems used by potential students. These changes allow the application process to be paused and continued later without having to start from scratch.
Applications can be submitted online using the myNSFAS website. For mobile applications, a USSD code, and WhatsApp are additional application channels created by Nsfas. On these platforms, applicants are also able to track and cancel their applications.
Nsfas will start an outreach campaign to make sure that applicants without access to technology can still apply.