NSFAS Received 1 Million 2024 Applications, Expected To Increase

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Thousands of learners who have recently obtained their matric qualification aspire to pursue tertiary education and are encouraged to apply for funding from NSFAS in 2024.


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Congratulations have been pouring in for the 572,983 learners who recently achieved their matric qualification. The Grade 12 class of 2023 attained a pass rate of 82.9%, marking the highest percentage recorded in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

President Cyril Ramaphosa commended the unprecedented success of the Matric Class of 2023, considering it as evidence of the determination and ambition of learners and a reflection of a nation valuing its youth.

The Class of 2023 has provided both itself and the nation ample reason for pride and belief that investing in education is pivotal to advancing our country.

The president stated that the matric results serve as an irrefutable indicator of the country’s comprehensive national development during the 30 years of freedom and democracy.

The success in education must serve as motivation for achieving even greater things in all areas of our development.

Quick Ways To Access Matric Results

  1. The DBE’s online system at https://www.education.gov.za/MatricResults/ExamResults.aspx
  2. Dialing 12045856# on your cell phone and following the prompts
  3. Matriculants based in Gauteng can access https://results.gauteng.gov.za/

Apply For NSFAS Bursaries To Fund Tertiary Education

Many learners who have recently obtained their NSC qualification aspire to pursue tertiary education, but financial constraints often hinder their goals.

These students are encouraged to apply for tertiary education funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which provides comprehensive bursaries to students enrolled in approved courses at Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. The main criterion for NSFAS bursaries is having a household income not exceeding R350,000.

Students planning on studying at a university or TVET college are encouraged to apply for NSFAS bursaries before the 2024 application deadline.

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NSFAS continues to prepare for the 2024 academic year and is pleased to confirm that over 1.4 million applications for funding have been received to date, with almost 1 million more applications anticipated. If students apply for NSFAS bursaries, they are reminded to submit an NSFAS Consent Form to complete their application.

It is mandatory for NSFAS to verify the employment status and income level of the parents, guardians, or spouses of the applicant for eligibility. This includes applicants whose current application statuses are "Awaiting Evaluation," "Financial Eligibility," and "Application in Progress."

Individuals who do not qualify for an NSFAS bursary may be able to apply for an NSFAS student loan, a new offering from NSFAS designed to assist students from missing middle backgrounds.

The development of eligibility criteria and conditions for funding for the loan scheme is currently underway; details on the commencement of the application process for the loan scheme for the 2024 academic year will be duly communicated.

The application period for the NSFAS bursary will close on 31 January 2024.

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