NSFAS extends deadline for student financial aid applications


Johannesburg – Students who have not applied for funding for the 2022 academic year by today’s deadline will breathe a sigh of relief as they will have another opportunity to apply for financial aid.

This is after the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Board of Directors extended the deadline for filing student financial aid applications to Friday, January 21, 2022.

“Potential applicants are urged to take this opportunity as there will be no further extension of the application deadline,” the program said in a statement on Thursday.

The government’s financial regime said that since the opening of the application process on November 2, 2021, it has received more than 600,000 applications from applicants who intend to continue their post-school studies at one of the 50 colleges. TVET and 26 public universities. At least 505,820 are first-time applicants.

“NSFAS President Ernest Khosa informed Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande of the assessment made on the number of applications received to date.

“During this application cycle, NSFAS has enhanced its application portal so that new applicants who are beneficiaries of SASSA will receive a real-time response after submitting their application. To date, 182,567 applicants have been instantly confirmed eligible for funding. The second cohort is made up of non-SASSA applicants who receive their responses once their income verification is complete, ”the statement said.

To be eligible for NSFAS funding, you must be:

  • A South African citizen;
  • SASSA grant recipients (SASSA COVID-19 grant does not count);
  • Persons whose combined household income does not exceed Rand 350,000 per year;
  • Persons living with a disability whose combined household income does not exceed R 600,000 per year.
  • A permanent resident, a person who is in possession of a valid permanent residence permit issued by the Home Office in South Africa.

Supporting documents required:

  • All applicants must provide a copy of their ID. Smart identity cards: a double-sided copy of the smart identity card must be provided;
  • A temporary identity document issued by the Ministry of the Interior
  • Non-SASSA applicants must provide identity copies of parent (s), legal guardian / guardian or spouse;
  • Proof of income: Applicant and / or parents / legal guardian / spouse (if applicable (non-SASSA) must provide the last payslip not older than three months, UIF letter, letter of appointment, letter of termination (applicant and / or parent (s)), legal guardian / spouse).

How can students apply?

  • NSFAS applications are submitted online through the myNSFAS portal (www.nsfas.org.za (link is external)), where students can submit their applications using their smartphone or computer.
  • To apply, create a myNSFAS account online, then go to the application tab and fill in your personal information.
  • Applicants should ensure that they receive a reference number when submitting their application, as proof that their applications have been submitted successfully.
  • If you don’t have a digital device or internet access, you can go to the nearest National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or Thusong Center to apply by following the same steps.

The program urged prospective students to apply for admission to a public university or TVET college of their choice, for an approved course / program.

– SAnews.gov.za

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