The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 188,000 applications for the 2021 academic year so far, it said in a statement on Monday.
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande officially opened NSFAS applications for 2021 on 3 August, 2020. By 31 August, NSFAS had received over 160,000 applications averaging 5,000 per day.
“Applications are opened for Grade 9 to12 learners and out of school youth who wish to further their studies at any public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or Universities across the country,” the Scheme said.
NSFAS applications for 2021 closing date
The Scheme reminded learners that the NSFAS applications for 2021 closing date is 30 November, 2020 and urged them to apply on time.
Learners can make their NSFAS applications online via myNSFAS portal: https://my.nsfas.org.za/Application/selfservice.jsp. They can use a smartphone, personal computer or visit a NSFAS application centre to access internet facilities.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has application centres throughout South Africa for learners to use free of charge, NSFAS added. These centres will open as from 14 September, 2020.
NSFAS said it also has a partnership with the Department of Basic Education, which will provide a database for National Teachers Centres that will help with applications.
NSFAS application for 2021 required documents
According to the Scheme, the following are the NSFAS application for 2021 required documents:
- Applicant’s ID document/card or birth certificate.
- ID of parents/guardian/spouse (or death certificate where applicable).
- Applicant’s proof of income (if applicable and should not be older than three months).
- Parents/guardian/spouse pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice stating income (if applicable and should not be older than three months).
- Vulnerable children must provide a completed and signed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form.
- Applicants with a disability must provide a Disability Annexure A Form (Downloadable on the NSFAS website).
- SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) slips are not required and SASSA should not be included as a household income.
New applicants would have to provide a copy of their ID or birth certificate to register on myNSFAS online portal and create a profile.
Applicants can only create one profile. Those who already have a profile simply need to log in to proceed with their application.
“Applicants are encouraged to simultaneously apply for NSFAS and admission at universities or TVET colleges for 2021,” NSFAS said.
NSFAS funding covers the cost of registration, tuition and allowance for food, learning material, personal care and accommodation or transport.
The following is the eligibility criteria:
- The applicant must be a South African citizen.
- He/she must come from a family with a combined annual household income of not more than R350,000 per annum.
- For applicants with a disability, the combined annual household income must not be more than R600,000 per annum.