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Cabinet approves release of high-level NSFAS report
Cabinet has approved the release of the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee into the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The committee was appointed in May 2020 to look into the business processes, systems and capacity of the NSFAS to deliver on its mandate, acting Minister in the Presidency,... Read more
NSFAS disburses funds to 623 386 students
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, has outlined the funding allocations for universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in relation to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). “To date, NSFAS has disbursed allowances to a total of 623 386 students... Read more
NSFAS processes over 800 000 applications
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received and processed 839 130 online and manual applications for funding. According to the 2021 funding status report, of the 839 130 applications received, 722 252 were found to be funding eligible, while 55 945 applications were unsuccessful, as they did not... Read more
Student Financial Aid Scheme releases the 2021 funding status report
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is proud to release its 2021 funding status report to the public. This report aims to provide stakeholders with an update on the 2021 NSFAS Funding Programme to support approved students studying at public universities and TVET colleges. It covers areas such... Read more
Minister Nzimande congratulates National Student Financial Aid Scheme bursary recipients for the 2021 academic year
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulates students who were successful in applying for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding for the 2021 academic year. Minister Nzimande confirms that 93 532 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college students and 52 992... Read more
Over one million students eligible for NSFAS funding
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says a total of 1 263 671 students have been assessed as eligible for funding. NSFAS Board Chairperson Ernest Khosa said the number of eligible students for 2021 funding includes 712 428 first time entry students and 551 243 continuing students, with... Read more
New proposal on funding options for missing middle students
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says in the coming weeks, a proposal will be submitted to Cabinet to look at funding options for the “missing middle” students. The Minister said this when he tabled the department’s Budget Vote during a mini plenary of Parliament on... Read more
Unisa disburses NSFAS allowances for returning students
The University of South Africa (Unisa) has started disbursing allowances to National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded returning students. In a statement on Thursday, Unisa spokesperson Thomas Huma said the returning students will start receiving their allowance from 12 May 2021, and the allowance will be disbursed in... Read more
NSFAS funded students urged to order laptops online
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has called on all NSFAS funded students, who are registered at a public university and Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges, to order laptops online. In a statement issued on Tuesday, NSFAS said that the scheme is expecting its first batch... Read more
Higher Education, universities reach fee compact
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department and universities have reached another fee compact to ensure fee increases for the 2021 academic year are kept at affordable levels. The compact is also aimed at ensuring the sustainability of universities. Responding to the South African Union... Read more

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