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Initiative to increase NSFAS applications

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Applicants who have applied to NSFAS for funding in 2019 without submitting all supporting documents have until Friday, December 14 to submit all required documents

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THE NATIONAL Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be embarking on a regional intervention outreach programme across the Northern Cape led by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Buti Manamela, for the 2020 applications cycle.

The roadshow will be held at Jan Kempdorp Primary School this morning.

This follows a low turnout of applications from the Northern Cape.

Grade 9 to 12 pupils and out-of-school youth who wish to further their studies in 2020 at any public university or TVET college in South Africa, will get a chance to apply for funding before the closing date, which is November 30.

The purpose of the outreach programme is to reach out to those who need financial assistance but are unable to access NSFAS funding due to lack of internet access or application resources in their areas.

Applicants have until November 30, at midnight, to apply for education funding.

The NSFAS applications cycle has now also extended applications for Grade 9 to 12 pupils, and other young people who are currently not enrolled at any school but would like to study can apply at any TVET college in South Africa for the 2020 academic year.

Applicants who have applied to NSFAS for funding in 2019 without submitting all supporting documents have until Friday, December 14 to submit all required documents.

According to NSFAS, more than 400 000 applications were received from prospective students for the 2019 application cycle and over 57 346 of the applications were found to have missing supporting documents during the evaluation process.

“Applicants are urged to log in to their myNSFAS accounts to check whether they have submitted all required documents with their application. Applications that are still pending these required documents beyond Friday will automatically be rejected,” the scheme said.

The following documents, with a stamp not older than three months, are required to complete the application form:

– Certified copy of your South African birth certificate or ID document;

– Certified ID copies of parents or guardians;

– Certified copies of proof of income (where applicable); and

– A completed consent form.

The application form can be downloaded from www.nsfas.org.za.

Applicants can submit these documents online on the MyNSFAS portal:

– Go to https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html.

– Log in to myNSFAS account.

– Click on the documents tab.

– A folder will be available to upload documents.

– Upload required missing documents.

– And press submit.

If for some reason, applicants are unable to upload the documents online, they should e-mail the documents to [email protected] and use their ID number as reference.

“It is important to note that applicants with missing supporting documents need to submit these documents for NSFAS to finalise funding decisions.

“NSFAS has already started communicating funding decisions to applicants via SMS or e-mail and will continue to do so until January once all academic results have been made available and all institutions have confirmed admission.

“We encourage prospective students to ensure that the cellphone numbers provided are correct and in the case of changes, update their details on the myNSFAS portal,” NSFAS explained.