Cape Town – The 2019 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications for new applicants are now open.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Higher Education after the applications process was put on hold pending the clearance of outstanding allowance payments backlog which has been at the center of student protests in affected universities across the country.
The department said that it has partnered with institutions of higher learning and training, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), community structures and organisations to ensure that all eligible students are reached.
“Once a student has applied to NSFAS, a maximum waiting period before getting a notice of acknowledgement is a week. Should a student not receive the acknowledgement, they are requested to call NSFAS’s TOLL FREE Call centre, which is 08000 NSFAS (67327)”, said the statement.
The ministry urged students to sign outstanding NSFAS Bursary Agreement forms to ensure that their 2019 applications proceed smoothly. Students are also advised to inform NSFAS of their change of contact details, particularly cell phone numbers, as this is the primary communication tool to inform students of the disbursement of funds. MyNSFAS Online portal is available for students to update their details immediately.
For your application, you will need to ensure that you present your South African ID document or card or an unabridged birth certificate. You will also need to present the ID of your parents or guardian and where applicable a death certificate. To complete the list of documents needed, you will also have to present a proof of income on the form of a salary slip, letter of employment or pension advice. The department has advised that South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) income should not be included as household income.
Click here to begin your application.