How To Aply For NSFAS Before The Deadline
The deadline for student financial assistance applications has been extended to January 21 by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
The extension was made to allow more non-funded students to apply, according to NSFAS. More than 600,000 applications were received from students planning to continue their education after high school at 50 technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and 26 public universities, according to the report.
“NSFAS improved its application portal this application cycle so that first-time applicants who are Sassa beneficiaries will receive a real-time response after submitting their application,” said NSFAS spokeswoman Kagisho Mamabolo.
“To date, 182,567 candidates have been quickly confirmed as eligible for financing.” The second group of candidates is non-Sassa applicants, who will get their reply once their income verification is completed.”
There will be no more extensions, thus potential applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the extension period.
How can I tell if I’m eligible?
Potential applicants must be South African nationals and recipients of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant to be considered for financing.
The R350 Covid-19 social relief distress payment is not included in this calculation.
Thanks to supporters at Stellenbosch University, 166 students have graduated debt-free.
“You must be a permanent resident with a valid permanent residence permit issued by the department of home affairs, or a permanent resident with a combined household income of not more than R350,000 a year, or a permanent resident with a combined household income of not more than R600,000 a year,” according to NSFAS.
What kind of documentation do I need to accompany my application?
A copy of each applicant’s identification is required. A copy of both sides of your smart ID card is required if you have one.
The department of home affairs will accept a temporary identification card.
Non-Sassa applicants must submit photocopies of their parents’, legal guardians’, or spouse’s identification.
Non-Sassa applicants must submit photocopies of their parents’, legal guardian’s, or spouse’s identification.
A payslip not older than three months, a UIF letter, an appointment letter, and a retrenchment letter (application and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-Sassa)) should be provided by the applicant or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where relevant (non-Sassa).
What is the procedure for applying?
NSFAS applications are submitted online using the myNSFAS portal, where students can use their cellphones or computers to submit their applications.
To apply, applicants must first create a myNSFAS account, then go to the application tab and fill out their personal information.
When submitting an application, applicants must verify that they get a reference number as verification that their application was received successfully.
“If you do not have a digital device or internet access, you can apply in person at a National Youth Development Agency or Thusong Centre,” according to NSFAS.