The Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology, DR. Blade Nzimande has announce that the 2020 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications for new applicants has been opened on Sunday, 1st September 2019.
In a document we intercepted, the announcement follows a meeting the Minister had with the (NSFAS) administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, in Cape Town.
The decision to open the applications was taken after a process of testing the 2019/2020
applications with a focus group of high school learners yielded positive results in
terms of accessibility and user friendliness.
NSFAS has put in place a comprehensive communications plan, which involves partnering with institutions of higher learning and training, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), community structures and organisations to ensure that all eligible students are reached.
Once a student has applied to NSFAS, a maximum waiting period before getting a notice of acknowledgement is a week. Should a student not receive the acknowledgement, they are requested to call NSFAS’s TOLL FREE Call centre, which is 08000 NSFAS (67327).
Regarding the progress made in resolving the NSFAS issues, the following steps have been taken;
- NSFAS has deployed staff to all institutions to facilitate the process of addressing the bottlenecks that have resulted from a range of factors.
- The necessary funds are available and steady progress is being made in getting the student support to the qualifying students.
- NSFAS has welcomed the enormous support from Institutions and Student Representative Councils at Universities and TVET Colleges in clearing bottlenecks to the disbursement of funds.
The support of the institutions and SRCs has been to assist NSFAS to ensure that:
- Students have completed and signed the necessary agreements;
- These agreements, and the student’s Course codes have been captured by the institutions and submitted to NSFAS;
- Book allowances, s-Bux, and prefunded student details are correctly captured and matched with NSFAS records;
Students are urged to sign outstanding NSFAS Bursary Agreement to ensure that decisions for their continuation of funding for the 2020 academic year, if they meet the academic requirements, proceeds smoothly.
The Minister is confident that the remaining and outstanding payments are being
made as rapidly as details are being captured and verified.
The scheme calls on all students to make sure they inform NSFAS of their change of contact details, particularly cell phone numbers, as this is the primary communication tool to inform students of the disbursement of funds.
MyNSFAS Online portal is available for students to update their details immediately.
All institutions of higher education and training will be capacitated to assist with
Go to the the NSFAS site now to apply.