Minister responsible for Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande has said that NSFAS is not closed to new applicants who are accepted to universities and TVETs this year.
While the main application period for NSFAS funding for the 2020 academic year closed at the end of November 2019, applicants for TVET Colleges in 2020 have had no problems applying for NSFAS funding. Now Minister Blade Nzimande has said that qualifying university students can also apply for NSFAS funding.
“I have received requests from a number of young people to re-open the NSFAS applications to allow them to access institutions of higher education and training.
I wish to indicate that the NSFAS process is not closed to those students who will be accepted at universities and colleges who might not have applied for NSFAS assistance. As soon as universities and colleges bring these to our attention, these students will benefit from NSFAS if they qualify. There is already a process in place to manage this between institutions and NSFAS to ensure that late applicants that have been accepted for registered places can access funding if they qualify”.
The demand to reopen NSFAS applications was one of 15 demands made by the SRCs organisation, SAUS.
The Minister was speaking at a press conference on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at the Department of Science and Innovation, CSIR, Brummeria, Pretoria.