The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) is warning applicants to guard their personal information when using the scheme’s online services.
Nsfas applications closed on 21 January 2022, with hundreds of thousands of students applying for funding. However, just because the application period has closed does not mean applicants are not using the Nsfas website.
Many students are still using the Nsfas website to check on the results of their application. Many students make use of communal computers and laptops to check their application status.
This could result in your information being saved in a web browser and could be accessed by other people using that computer. It is therefore important to delete this information from a web browser and log out of your myNSFAS account.
Nsfas has warned students to keep their details safe.
They said, ‘Keep your personal details such as your ID number and myNSFAS account logins safe by not sharing them with anyone. Don’t leave your personal information exposed and log out of your myNSFAS account when you are not using it'.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD
Keep your personal details such as your ID number and myNSFAS account logins safe by not sharing them with anyone. Don’t leave your personal information exposed and log out of your myNSFAS account when you are not using it.
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) January 31, 2022
When the initial closing date of January 7, 2022, passed, Nsfas revealed that more than 600 000 students applied for funding. This number is likely to have increased after the deadline was extended by weeks.
Nsfas bursaries cover tuition costs, accommodation costs, textbooks costs, learning materials and transport. Applicants must be attending one of the country’s 26 public universities or one of the 50 TVET colleges.