NSFAS Opens Online Applications For Funding In Selected Universities


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has offered another opportunity to students studying in selected tertiary institutions across the country to scale through their financial hurdles.

This cheery opportunity came knocking as the organization announced that it has opened online applications for selected institutions for students who only need to register for second semester or trimester season to complete or continue their studies.

According to the organization, students who intend to register for the second semester and trimester studies at Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Colleges and two selected universities are encouraged to apply for the funding.

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Speaking further, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) spokesperson, Tsepo Khanye said the online application opens on 1 June and closes on 20 June 2015.

In addition, Khanye opined that students who are interested should  visit www.nsfas.org.za to apply and complete an online application for. Applicants are also expected to submit relevant supporting documents before the closing date.

Importantly, students who are already funded for the 2016 academic year are advised not to apply as NSFAS already has their information.

“Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified via SMS before the end of July 2016. NSFAS will only begin the assessment process and communication with applicants if it has received and accepted application forms before the closing date together with the supporting documentation for the applications,” Khanye said

The NSFAS however noted that the semester and trimester application dates differ from normal application for funding for annual courses.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Throws More Light On Funding

Meanwhile, applicants who are qualified for this financial aid include:

– South African citizens who have academic potential to succeed at university and require financial assistance to pay for their studies

– First-time applicants who have never received NSFAS funding previously

– First-year students who never received NSFAS funding previously

– Returning students who never received NSFAS funding previously

– Returning students who received funding before 2014

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It is pertinent to note that the few institutions that are on NSFAS’ online application system and offer second semester and trimester based studies include public universities: University of South Africa (UNISA) – all campuses and Durban University of Technology (DUT)

TVET Colleges: Vhembe TVET College; Buffalo City TVET College; King Hintsa TVET College; Motheo TVET College; Umfolozi TVET College; Ekurhuleni East TVET College;

Others include South Cape TVET College; Port Elizabeth TVET College; Tshwane North TVET College; Orbit TVET College; South West TVET College Ekurhuleni; West TVET College;

Then Central Johannesburg College; Cape Town TVET College; Northlink TVET College; False Bay TVET College and West Coast TVET College.