Minister Nzimande congratulates the scholarship recipients of the National Student Financial Assistance Scheme for the 2021 academic year


The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulates the students who have successfully applied for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2021 academic year.

Minister Nzimande confirms that 93,532 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students and 52,992 university students did not receive NSFAS funding for the 2021 academic year.

5,376 TVET students were not funded because their academic backgrounds were not aligned with the guidelines.

22,014 university students did not receive funding because they had obtained their first degrees.

22,649 university students and 140 TVET students exceeded the N + rule, while 88,016 TVET students and 8,326 university students failed their 2020 academic year.

Three university students did not receive NSFAS funding because they already had other scholarships.

NSFAS is ensuring that financial aid reaches deserving and correct students through the new scholarship program which gives effect to the government’s vision to ensure that all deserving students from poor and working class backgrounds, who are admitted to study at public universities and colleges, are receiving financial support to obtain their first undergraduate degree.

“Our scholarship guidelines are based on the principles that student funding policy should be fair, rational, affordable and enforceable. This means that political decisions are made to ensure that students receive the best possible support to be successful, taking into account the different circumstances of different institutions. The funding must also be affordable within the parameters of the funding provided by the government, emphasizing the need to sustain the program for the future, ”Minister Nzimande said.

The scholarship program supports the objectives of the National Development Plan (2012) and the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training (2013) to expand access to higher education for deserving students through support government financial support, and to support greater student success and throughput.

Minister Nzimande calls on all current and potential students to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the funding guidelines so that their applications are not rejected.

The minister urges the NSFAS and all institutions to hold information sessions on the guidelines with student unions and student representative councils to minimize the number of students whose applications are rejected.

Khetha’s career development services from the Department of Higher Education and Training will continue with career exhibitions and briefings.