Higher Education Dept Finally Open NSFAS Applications 2021

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Higher Education Dept Finally Open NSFAS Applications 2021

We(zainfo.co.za team) gladly inform you that Higher Education Dept Finally Open NSFAS Applications 2021

  • The NSFAS application season for 2021 will run from 3 August to 30 November.
  • Due to Covid-19, students will not need to submit an uploaded consent form but can accept and submit an electronic one.
  • NSFAS is also working closely with the Department of Basic Education to reach out to deserving students. 

Applications for 2021 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding have opened, the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation has announced.

The system went live on Monday and is expected to run for four months, closing on 30 November.

The department said the application process would be online via the myNSFAS portal as it had been done in previous years, adding the portal had undergone minor enhancements and changes following lessons learned from previous application cycles.

The changes are for user experience and others for security.

“In the current academic year, NSFAS has funded over 700 000 students; 248 242 at TVET colleges and 481 339 at universities [students with registrations data], this is a 20% increase from the previous year when we compared registration data received in the same period 2019 versus 2020,” Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said in a statement.

He added NSFAS beneficiaries accounted for 40% of the undergraduate population at universities, and 70% at TVET colleges.

New applicants will need a copy of their IDs or birth certificates to register and create a profile on the myNSFAS portal, while existing users would need to log in using their registered details.

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Due to Covid-19, applicants will also not be required to submit or upload consent forms but would need to accept and submit an electronic one.

Applicants would, however, still be expected to submit their supporting documents which include parents or guardians’ proof of income and cope of their IDs.

As part of the new and exciting innovations, NSFAS was working on finalising its virtual outreach project, the department said.

It added that the virtual outreach platform would be an interactive live streaming session, where users could embark on a virtual tour of NSFAS products and services.

“This is the greatest innovation by far as it speaks to the current discussion around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and how government can change lives by providing much-needed services in far and wide locations using technology. NSFAS is leading in this space,” Nzimande said.

He added NSFAS had also strengthened its partnership with the Department of Basic Education to further increase its footprint and reachability, specifically for pupils in grades 10 to 12.

Qualifying students have been urged to make use of the services and apply on time.

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  1. Anathi says:

    I want to be apart of people who don’t have a lot of money to study

  2. Anathi says:

    I would like to be part of the NSFAS people. I want to study hurd and improve

  3. Sbongile says:

    Can you plz send me the application forms for 2021

  4. Leah says:

    I would like to be one of the NESFAS people.. I want to study hard to have bright future and change my life

  5. I would like to be part and parcel of the NSFAS EMPOWERED STUDENTS because I’ve never had the opportunity to study in my life, I’d be glad to be given yet another change of studying in my life,God always make a way.

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