Pretoria: The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has called on Grade 12 learners and students wishing to apply for financial assistance to study at public universities and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges next year, to submit their applications.
The deadline for submissions is 30 November.
Online applications are only limited to students applying to study at institutions such as Durban University of Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Venda, Sol Plaatjie University, University of Mpumalanga, King Hintsa TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Umfolozi TVET College, South Cape TVET College, and Ekhurhuleni East College.
Applications for financial assistance are only open to learners or students from poor and working class families who cannot afford to pay for their studies.
“This may include eligible students who were not funded by NSFAS in the 2015 academic year and those who were not funded in the previous years,” said NSFAS in a statement on Thursday.
The scheme opened online applications at the beginning of August 2015 to give applicants adequate time to submit their applications early.
This period allows NSFAS to directly receive applications, process them and award funding to eligible students using the new funding model.
The scheme said it had received more than 30 582 online applications since the beginning of the application period and a significant number of applications have been processed thus far.
All applicants will receive communication via SMS or email as soon as 2015 matric results are released.
Applicants can also contact NSFAS directly through the contact centre on 0860067327 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS