JOHANNESBURG: All institutions of higher education and training will be capacitated to assist with NSFAS applications.
National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications for 2019 will open on Monday.
This after the testing of the application process for next year with a focus group of high school learners yielded positive results.
Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, said NSFAS has put in place a communications plan and partnered with institutions of higher learning and training, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and other relevant structures to ensure that all eligible students are reached.
‘Once a student has applied to NSFAS, the maximum waiting period for a notice of receipt will be a week,’ Pandor said.
She further announced that progress has been made in resolving current payment delays.
Of 273 000 first time students who entered TVET colleges and universities this year, 211 000 have received their funds, while close to 239 000 of the 241 000 returning students have been successfully linked to the system.
Pandor expressed confidence that outstanding payments would be made rapidly as details are being captured and verified.
The minister urged students who meet the requirements to sign outstanding NSFAS bursary agreements to ensure that continuation of funding for next year proceeds smoothly.
‘All students must ensure they inform NSFAS of contact details changes, particularly cellphone 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. All institutions of higher education and training will be capacitated to assist with NSFAS applications,’ Pandor said.