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NSFAS receives over 400 000 applications for 2019
Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor says the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 funding applications for the 2019 financial year.
NSFAS receives over 400 000 applications for 2019
Pandor said this when she briefed the media in Cape Town.
The briefing comes after applications for funding for the 2019 academic year closed on 3 December following a two day extension from the 30 November 2018 deadline.
“As we prepare for next year, the 2019 application cycle has proceeded relatively smoothly with more than 400 000 applications received between the opening of applications on the 3rd September and the closing of applications on the 3rd of December,” she said.
Pandor said on average, NSFAS received more than 3 200 applications a day over the period from September to December, with the number reaching as high as 30 000 on one of the days.
Out of all the applications, 63% were females while males made up 37% of the applications.
A total of 34 413 applications were received from social grant beneficiaries. Students who are beneficiaries of the South Africa Social Security Agency automatically qualify in terms of the financial qualification criteria and will be funded if admitted and registered at a TVET college or university.
“However, it is a concern that only 24% of the applications are from learners who wish to enroll at TVET colleges, with the balance of 88% being applications for universities,” the Minister said.
Pandor said of all the applications, the highest number, 95 523, was received from the KwaZulu-Natal province. The number represents 45% of the total number of learners that wrote their National Senior Certificate in the province, while the lowest number was from the Northern Cape with 2 573 applications.
She said the success of the current application process can be attributed to a number of factors – including the revised and easy-to-complete online application system, which allowed applicants to complete an application within five minutes; the simplicity of the on-line and manual form with fewer fields to fill; and the accessibility of NSFAS where applicants have been able to apply at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as a result of the scheme’s long-standing partnership with the agency.
NSFAS reaches out to prospective applicants
Pandor said, meanwhile, that NSFAS went on the road and reached out to learners across the country to encourage them to apply for the bursary scheme for next year.
This included visits to community centres, shopping malls, high schools, clinics, churches, door-to-door campaigns and taxi ranks. She said this was also an opportunity for NSFAS to engage with parents and working youth who commute daily in the early hours to drive the application message home to their children and siblings.
“Through this campaign, NSFAS accessed as many people across as wide an area as possible, to ensure that everyone who may have wanted to apply for NSFAS was able to do so.
“NSFAS has informed me that feedback from applications has been positive, especially the fact that applications can be made on-line with a cellphone, and progress can be tracked on the cellphone. Nevertheless manual applications are still accepted and have been made in significant numbers in instances where access to technology remains a challenges.
Requirements for qualification
Pandor said the scheme was in the process of evaluating all applications received. The evaluations process checks whether applicants are eligible for funding by verifying all data received by students with third parties like the SA Revenue Service and Home Affairs.
“To qualify for funding a student must meet the financial eligibility criteria and register at an institution for an approved programme. Successful students will received bursary funding to cover their tuition fee for their registered programme and an allowance for learning materials. They may also qualify for subsidized accommodation and transport allowances where applicable,” she said.
She said NSFAS will communicate to students who meet the financial eligibility criteria and have received an academic offer via SMS and email at the beginning of January, and once academic results have been made available to NSFAS.
“Funding is only confirmed once a student has met the financial eligibility criteria and is formally registered at a public TVET college or university for an approved funded programme.
“During this process, NSFAS will work closely with institutions to ensure that integration of data is quick and seamless to allow the timeous release of funds to students and to avoid any repetition of the delays of 2018, where some qualifying students were left frustrated, homeless, hungry and without confirmation of their funding,” she said. – SAnews.gov.za
Limpopo Treasury Bursary Scholarships
Closing Date: 11 January 2019
Limpopo Treasury invites matriculants and undergraduate university students to apply for full-time study bursaries offered by the Department, as part of capacity building initiatives aimed at meeting future skills and capacity needs.
- Bachelor of Accounting Sciences
- BCom Economics
- BCom Financial Accounting
- BCom Cost and Management Accounting
- BCom Internal Auditing
- BCom Business Information Systems
- BSc Computer Science
- National Diploma/ B Tech (Finance and Accounting/ Information Technology/ Internal Auditing/ Financial Information Systems/ Cost and Management Accounting)
- A Grade 12 pass with university exemption, or an average of 65% for students already at university
- South African citizenship
- Residence in the Limpopo Province
Please note: Preference will be given to local universities.
How To Apply
Application forms (TE007) are available on www.limtreasury.gov.za, or may be collected and returned, as follows:
|Capricorn56-58 Paul Kruger Street, Finance House
(015) 291 8472/3/5
|VhembeSCM Advice Centre, Government Building Complex, Office No E006
(015) 962 1752
|MopaniSCM Advice Centre, Government Building Complex
(015) 812 0149
|WaterbergSCM Advice Centre 98 Nelson Mandela Drive, Decimale Building, Modimolle
(014) 717 5837
|SekhukhuneSCM Advice Centre Lefa Centre, Schoonord Road, Jane Furse
(013) 265 1344
Alternatively, they may be posted to: Head of Department, Limpopo Treasury, Private Bag X9486, Polokwane 0700
Certified copies of the following should accompany the application form: latest statement of results; proof of income of parent/s or guardian; applicant’s RSA ID; acceptance letter from university.
If you do not hear from us within two (2) months from the closing date of applications, consider your application to be unsuccessful.
Enquiries: Kenneth Ugoda (015) 291 8472; Leah Mawela (015) 291 8578.
Rustenburg Local Municipality Bursary Scholarships
Closing Date: 28 December 2018
Rustenburg Municipality invites candidates to app’ for a bursary year in the following fields: Engineering, Health, Agriculture Science, Finance, Information Technology, Tourism and Hospitality
Consideration: will be given to previously disadvantaged and disabled people in the Rustenburn Local Municipal area who have/who would have completed Grade and have secured provisional admission at any recognised South African tertiary institution. However. preference will be Wen to learners who have obtained highest academic excellence. Applicants MUST be residents of Rustenburg Local Municipality (45 Wards).
The following documents are required: • 12 results o’ recent academic record • Certified copy of ID document • Certified Copy Of parents / guardians ID document • Letter of admission or proof of admission from the institution of higher learning • Proof income (of total monthly income not exceeding R3SCO) • Copy of pension slip (for indigent applicants) Affidavit (If parent is unemployed). Proof Of residence • Quotations for the Course, accommodation and books. Please ensure that quotations are from institutions with a valid Tax Clearance Certificate.
How To Apply
Application forms are available at Missionary Mpheni House Building (Room 8, Ground Floor, Special projects) Rustenburg Municipality
Complete Application forms must be addressed to: The Office Of the Executive Mayor, PO Box 16, Rustenburg 0300 or at Missionary Mpheni House, Cnr Nelson Mandela Olive & Naude Street. Rustenburg Local Municipality.
Enquiries shoul be directed to Mrs Matlhodi Mesesa at (014) 590 3480.
City of Ekurhuleni Bursary Scholarships
Closing Date: 14 December 2018
Bursaries are open to the youth of Ekurhuleni who are permanent residents, have a good academic record and potential to study full time for a bachelor degree, national diploma, certificates specialized and accredited learning programmes that are recognised and accredited higher and further education training institutions.
Fields in which bursaries can be applied for are:
- Science, Aviation, Engineering and built environment
- Information Communication and Technology
- Business Management Sciences
- Health Sciences and Humanities and
- Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
How To Apply
For more information:
|Busi Sibiya||011 999 6339||Thifhelimbilu Mudau||011 999 7747|
|Norman Shongwe||011 999 7852||Morris Nkoana||011 999 8602|
|Princess Mathe||011 999 7711||Matsie Molotsi||011 999 6342|
TBWA Bursary Scholarship Programme 2019
CLOSING DATE: 30 November 2018
Students within the following disciplines should apply: Creative / Art, Digital Science, Marketing, PR, Strategy, Project Management, Digital and Insights, Human Resource and Accounting.
TO apply send us the following:
- ID document (certified copy)
- Grade 11 final results and all current Grade 12 results,
- If currently in Matric 2018 (certified copy)
- Matric certificate, if Matric completed (certified copy)
- Latest tertiary results, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
- Curriculum Vitae (preferably in pdf format)
- Acceptance letter for 2019 studies
How To Apply
For more info email email@example.com
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