First-time applicants to NSFAS 2018 must apply before the 30 November closing date
“That there is a need for student financial support is unquestionable,” Professor Bawa said. “Students aspiring to enter the public university sector must therefore take up the NSFAS opportunity. Even though the closing date is still at least six weeks away, students must apply sooner rather than later so as to allow the system to process those applications within such time that administrative glitches are minimised for the 2018 academic year.”
According to NSFAS, only first-time applicants and students who have not received NSFAS funding in 2017 must apply. Once an application is approved, a student’s study costs are covered for the duration of their study programme. Those funded for the first time in 2017, and who will be progressing in 2018 to the next level of their studies, will automatically continue to receive support. They need not re-apply for the 2018 academic year.
NSFAS has reiterated that it will NOT accept applications once the closing date has passed.
NSFAS is a government loan scheme assisting financially needy but academically deserving students. These loans are available for all fields of study at a low interest rate. Loans are available to South African citizens who are engaged in full-time undergraduate study, who meet the criteria as determined by NSFAS. For the past five years since 2012, NSFAS has been supporting an annual average of 200 000 students in the public university sector alone.
Aspiring financial aid recipients must visit www.nsfas.org.za or call 086 006 7327 for more information. Applications close on 30 November 2017.
• ‘Mateboho Green. 012 030 0653/ 072 807 4677 / firstname.lastname@example.org
• Phatisa Ntlonze. 021 763 3200/ 078 144 5980/ email@example.com