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NSFAS Funding Applications for 2020 Academic Year

About NSFAS Applications Outcome for the 2020 Academic Year

 

PRESS RELEASE
06 JANUARY 2020
NSFAS APPLICATIONS OUTCOME FOR THE 2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

2020 applications:
Following the extensive outreach campaign, which saw NSFAS officials reaching out to small towns and rural areas, we are happy to report that by November 30, 2019 the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had received a record number of 543 268 first-time ever applications (prior year 428 929) by the closing date.

NSFAS has prioritised the poor and vulnerable students and to this end just under 50% of applications have been received from social grant beneficiaries. The personal details and social welfare status of all applications have been validated with the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Social Development. This is a major improvement in NSFAS administration, as communication of funding decision prior to the commencement of the academic year will allow students to enrol at tertiary institution without having to pay upfront registration fees.

As in prior years it is expected that a significant number of students will apply after they have registered at TVET colleges in January 2020, in the previous year this category of students amounted to 160 000. NSFAS, in conjunction with the TVET sector, instituted additional administrative support to ensure rapid processing and turnaround.

Students previously funded by NSFAS and will be continuing their studies in 2020 will be funded based on progression results to be received from the institutions.

We are encouraged that most of applications were submitted through the electronic portal with only 15 000 applications submitted manually. The highest number of applications received were from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Gauteng Province. About 80% of applicants have indicated that universities are their first choice of study.

Funding decisions for the 2020 applications have been updated on the myNSFAS portal profiles. Applicants are advised to check and track their application status updates online. Applicants who do not have the myNSFAS portal profiles are encouraged to register on the website in order to ensure they have sight of their funding status.

Applications with outstanding supporting documents:

From the total number of applications received, 69 357 applications were incomplete or may have outstanding or incorrect supporting documents. Applicants with incomplete applications have been contacted by NSFAS over the festive season and as we are receiving the required documents, their applications will be processed for funding decisions.

The list of required documents which need to accompany each application is on the NSFAS website on www.nsfas.org.za

Funding decisions:

Of the 473 911 valid and fully completed applications received by the closing date, 346 364 were declared eligible for funding at this stage, 36 865 were withdrawn, 28 979 did not meet the minimum funding criteria, these applications are being reviewed. The remaining 61 703 applicants submitted documents of poor quality, which were subsequently validated by Department of Home Affairs.

CATEGORIES OF COMPLETE AND VALID APPLICATIONS

Eligible status confirmed 346 364
Application withdrawn by applicant 36 865
Personal details confirmed with Home Affairs, with poor quality documents submitted 61 703
Not meeting criteria, but subject to second round of review process 28 979
TOTAL 473 9199

Additional temporary staff have been employed during this application season to ensure that all applications are processed before the start of the academic year. Applicants and returning students may contact the Contact Centre Toll free number 08000 67327 on Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 17:00 daily alternatively send an email to info@nsfas.org.za. Students are encouraged to utilise their MyNSFAS portal for the latest update and information on their 2020 funding decisions.

Cautionary Notice

Students are advised to maintain the confidentiality of their passwords/ login details but also to ensure that the passwords are protected. Resetting of password request is the biggest volume of enquiries by our Call Centre.

Applicants should also be wary of scams and fake news disseminated in the social media. NSFAS will never request login or account details as this can only be changed by individual students on their portals.

Issued by:
Dr Randall Carolissen
NSFAS Administrator

Media enquiries:
Email: media@nsfas.org.za

*The above contact details are to be used for media purposes only. For any other inquiries contact 0800 067 327*

 

About NSFAS Funding Applications for 2020 Academic Year

Make A Difference in 2020
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#nsfas2020

Apply for NSFAS funding and make your 2020 academic journey comfortable

The South African Government is aware most households struggle to pay the hefty academic costs for their kids to complete their desired qualifications. This is why the National Student Financial Aid scheme (NSFAS) is tasked with ensuring that no deserving student is barred from achieving their dreams due to their poor financial background. NSFAS administers funding for potential professionals from poor and working-class families who can’t afford study fees on behalf of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Who qualifies for the NSFAS funding?

  • Any South African citizen who is currently studying or plans on studying at a public university or TVET college.
  • The combined household income of the applicant who has registered at a public institution from 2018 or plans to register in 2020 for the first time must not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • The combined household income of an applicant who has registered prior to 2018 must not exceed R122 000 per annum
  • The combined household income of persons with disabilities must not exceeding R600 000 per annum

Who should not apply?

  • Non-South African citizens
  • Students that have completed a previous university qualification, unless you are applying for an approved funded Post-graduate qualification
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding for 2019. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies, provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements

You will need the following supporting documents to apply:

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Certified copy of your ID, not older than 3 months
  • A signed and completed consent form

If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse, please provide:

Certified ID copies of parent/s, guardian, spouse not older than 3 months

Proof of income of parent, guardian or spouse (payslip or appointment letter)

If you are self-sufficient (no parent/guardian support) please provide:

  • Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter)
  • 3yrs IRP5

If you have a disability, please provide

  • Completed and signed Annexure A (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal)

If you are an orphan, please provide

  • Completed and signed Declaration Form

Other documents required, if applicable:

Retrenchment letter

Death certificate/s

Divorce decree

* Note: If you are a SASSA recipient then no proof of income is required

How can you apply?

  1. Visit nsfas.org.za and create your myNSFAS account
  2. After creating the account, log in and Click the Apply tab: fill in your personal/required information and upload your supporting documents (personal information is pre-populated, provide your information is up-to-date at the Department of Home Affairs)
  3. Once you have filled in all required information, click on the ‘Submit’ option to complete your application and note your application Reference number.

Once approved for NSFAS funding, the bursary will pay for;

Registration fee, tuition fees, food, study material, personal care allowance, travelling and accommodation where necessary.

Don’t just apply for yourself, tell your friends to tell their friends to apply too.

Below are the NSFAS contact details for more information:

www.nsfas.org.za

Contact Centre Toll Free number: 08000 67327

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme

Instagram: myNSFAS

Twitter: myNSFAS

Make A Difference in 2020
Apply Now
#nsfas2020

Apply for NSFAS funding and make your 2020 academic journey comfortable

The South African Government is aware most households struggle to pay the hefty academic costs for their kids to complete their desired qualifications. This is why the National Student Financial Aid scheme (NSFAS) is tasked with ensuring that no deserving student is barred from achieving their dreams due to their poor financial background. NSFAS administers funding for potential professionals from poor and working-class families who can’t afford study fees on behalf of the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Who qualifies for the NSFAS funding?

  • Any South African citizen who is currently studying or plans on studying at a public university or TVET college.
  • The combined household income of the applicant who has registered at a public institution from 2018 or plans to register in 2020 for the first time must not exceed R350 000 per annum
  • The combined household income of an applicant who has registered prior to 2018 must not exceed R122 000 per annum
  • The combined household income of persons with disabilities must not exceeding R600 000 per annum

Who should not apply?

  • Non-South African citizens
  • Students that have completed a previous university qualification, unless you are applying for an approved funded Post-graduate qualification
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding for 2019. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies, provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements

You will need the following supporting documents to apply:

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Certified copy of your ID, not older than 3 months
  • A signed and completed consent form

If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse, please provide:

Certified ID copies of parent/s, guardian, spouse not older than 3 months

Proof of income of parent, guardian or spouse (payslip or appointment letter)

If you are self-sufficient (no parent/guardian support) please provide:

  • Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter)
  • 3yrs IRP5

If you have a disability, please provide

  • Completed and signed Annexure A (if your information is not pre-populated on the portal)

If you are an orphan, please provide

  • Completed and signed Declaration Form

Other documents required, if applicable:

Retrenchment letter

Death certificate/s

Divorce decree

* Note: If you are a SASSA recipient then no proof of income is required

How can you apply?

  1. Visit nsfas.org.za and create your myNSFAS account
  2. After creating the account, log in and Click the Apply tab: fill in your personal/required information and upload your supporting documents (personal information is pre-populated, provide your information is up-to-date at the Department of Home Affairs)
  3. Once you have filled in all required information, click on the ‘Submit’ option to complete your application and note your application Reference number.

Once approved for NSFAS funding, the bursary will pay for;

Registration fee, tuition fees, food, study material, personal care allowance, travelling and accommodation where necessary.

Don’t just apply for yourself, tell your friends to tell their friends to apply too.

Below are the NSFAS contact details for more information:

www.nsfas.org.za

Contact Centre Toll Free number: 08000 67327

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme

Instagram: myNSFAS

Twitter: myNSFAS