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
Higher Education unable to clear all student debt
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department is not in a financial position to be able to support institutions to clear all the debt of fee-paying students. Responding to the South African Union of Students (SAUS) letter of demands, Nzimande acknowledged that there are many... Read more
NSFAS to release funds for new qualifying students
Cabinet has agreed that funding should be reprioritised from the Department of Higher Education and Training budget, in order to ensure that all deserving National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students receive funding support for the 2021 academic year. Unpacking Cabinet’s decision on NSFAS funding during a post-Cabinet media... Read more
Funding for returning beneficiaries continues
The Minister said NSFAS is going to fund all returning NSFAS beneficiaries who meet the academic and other relevant criteria for continuing their studies. In this regard, he said, the usual processes will apply, whereby institutions share the relevant registration data and information with NSFAS, which is then able... Read more
NSFAS facing funding shortfall for new students
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has been unable to finalise funding for new university students, as the scheme is facing a funding shortfall for 2021. Explaining the reasons for the shortfall at a media briefing on 2021 funding... Read more

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