NSFAS extends application deadline

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has given students who have missed its 2016 deadline an extension.

The application deadline for students who wish to study at tertiary level has now been set to 20 January 2017.

Speaking on Morning Live NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo says the decision to extend the deadline was because they understand that there are students who have secured space at tertiary institutions but have missed the NSFAS deadline.

Learners and students are encouraged to make use of this application period if you have not applied during the 1 August 2016 to 30 November 2016 application period. This reopened application period will close on 20 January 2017 for learners and students who will be studying at a public university, and on 14 February 2017 at a TVET College.

To all current university/ TVET college students already funded by NSFAS.
NSFAS is in a process to receive all your information and details from the university/college where you are currently enrolled. You will be automatically migrated to the student-centred model, and will be notified by SMS/post once NSFAS has received and registered your details.To all current university/TVET college students, who are not funded by NSFAS, but intend to apply for NSFAS assistance for the 2017 academic year

All the above mentioned students – including those who were previously on a government funded bursary programme not offered by NSFAS – can apply for NSFAS financial assistance for the 2017 academic year as from 9 January 2017 to 20 January 2017 for those who will be studying at a university and 9 January 2017 to 14 February 2017 for those who will be studying at a TVET College .

To apply on the NSFAS website, you will be required to register first to create your personal online account, and then proceed to fill and submit the application form online. You may need about 30 minutes to complete this online process, and must also have scanned copies of the following required attachments:

  • Matric Certificate
  • Identity Document/Birth Certificate
  • Last Academic Results
  • Proof of parents income (If parent/s employed)
  • Death Certificate/s (If parent/s deceased)
  • Doctor’s Certificate (If permanently disabled)

Note also that bursaries are available from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for all study courses. Contact NSFAS call centre on 08600 NSFAS (0860067327). Students are encouraged to apply online.

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