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NSFAS Applicants: What You Need to Know About Your Application Status

If you’ve applied for funding from NSFAS, they’ve probably told you what the status of your application is. But that can be quite confusing, and doesn’t always make clear what you need to do next. So let’s decode the application statuses so you can know what’s next for you.

What Does My NSFAS Application Status Mean?

Successfully Funded

Means: Application successfully processed and funding process has been completed.

What you need to do: Register and attend Classes.


Eligible For Funding But, Awaiting Confirmation Of Academic Admission

Means: Applicant qualifies for funding, but we have not yet received admission confirmation from an institution. Until such time as admission has been confirmed, funding will not be approved.

What you need to do: Inform institution’s Financial Aid Office.


Verifying The Household Income With Third Party Sources

Means: We are still verifying the student’s household income with credit bureaus to confirm that the income declared is under the R350 000 threshold.

What you need to do: Wait. No action required.A message will be sent if funding is approved and academic admission is confirmed.


Awaiting Evaluation

Means: The application has been received and needs to be assessed by a case worker at NSFAS to ensure that all information on the application has been correctly captured.

What you need to do: Wait. No action required. A message will be sent if funding is approved and academic admission is confirmed.

Application Unsuccessful

Means: Applicant’s household income is above the R350 000 threshold and therefore rejected. Or applicant has previous qualification and does not qualify for NSFAS. Or applicant has not been admitted to a university or TVET College.

What you need to do: No Action.


And there you have it! Do you understand your NSFAS application status now?

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UNISA 2018 Applications for First Time Students Opens

The University of South Africa (UNISA) will re-open its applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students.

Universities and colleges across the country are scrambling to deal with the large number of walk-in applicants, following the confusion surrounding free education.

Following communication from Universities SA (USAf) on 10 January 2018 regarding how universities should manage walk-in students during the 2018 registration period, the University of South Africa has made the following decisions:

  • Unisa will re-open applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students who have not previously applied for admission to the 2018 academic year.
  • First-time entering undergraduate students may apply via the Unisa application website or via a self-help station at Unisa’s Service Centres by 19 January 2018.
  • Unisa will only process new applications received by the application deadline of 19 January 2018. Offers will then be made to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis, subject to the number of places still available for the 2018 academic year.

Unisa will open undergraduate applications for semester 2 of the 2018 academic year in April 2018.

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Julius Malema Urges Students to Go to Universities and Demand Their Courses

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

However the leaders of SA universities have urged young people and their parents that they must not just ‘walk-in’ to varsities and colleges hoping for a place. Applications must be made online or via the government’s central application service, called CACH.

Young people who still want to apply at university this year can use the Cach system which will be open from the Friday the 5th of January.


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How to Submit Late Applications to Universities and TVET Colleges in 2018

The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) online application service for matriculants, who struggled to secure a place at the educational institution of their choice, will open from 5 January – 28 February 2018.

CACH services are particularly useful for applicants who applied for admission to a university or college in time, but have not been offered a place or their programme of choice.

It can also be useful for prospective students who achieved better than expected results, and now wish to access a different course or university or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college.

Students who missed the application window period for one reason or the other can also use CACH services.

CACH was established in 2013 in response to the large number of applicants seeking entry to the Post School Education and Training (PSET) sector in January, when most universities have closed their application process.

It is provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a service that is free to both applicants and institutions.

Now in its fifth year, CACH has attracted 18 329 applicants.

A survey taken on 10 087 applicants in March 2016 revealed that 33% (3 328) of students had found a place in PSET or employment since contacting CACH.

A survey taken of 11 770 applicants in March 2017 revealed that 37.3% (4 390) of students had found a place in PSET, or employment since contacting CACH.

This reflects an increase of 1 062 learners finding a place in the PSET sector. The increase is an indication of the positive impact of CACH.

Registration can be done on CACH’s website: http://cach.dhet.gov.za.

Alternatively, prospective students can call the toll-free call centre number on 0860 35 66 35 from 8am to 8pm.

CACH is also contactable via standard SMS (name and ID) to 49200 or by email: CACH@dhet.gov.za.

Central Application Service

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has recently approved a policy for the establishment of a Central Application Service (CAS) for PSET.

The policy is an initial step in the legislative process to establish a one-stop online application system for students to access multiple institutions without the need to queue at those institutions.

CAS is aimed at streamlining and simplifying the application and admissions process.

The new system will allow applicants to use the system for a range of tasks such as investigating opportunities, preparing, submitting and changing applications, and considering and accepting offers.

The CAS system will prepare application cycles, capture off-line applications, check and submit applications, communicate with applicants, resolve queries and refer rejected applicants to other opportunities.

PSET institutions will prepare programme data, receive applications, select and make offers, and register and admit students.

The main users of the system will be all entering undergraduates, who can apply for academic programmes, as specified by individual institutions.

It is envisaged that the CAS will become fully operational in 2024 for 2025 applications. – SAnews.gov.za

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Courses That UNISA Offers

Hundreds of thousands of students study through UNISA every year. It is not only the largest university in the country but it also is the only one that offers open distance learning at a degree level.

Some of the notable alumni have included but are not limited to: Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kevin Pietersen (current England cricket player) and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (former Springbok rugby player).

The question that may be asked is: how many courses does UNISA offer?

UNISA offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas. How far you get with your studies is entirely up to you. UNISA offers degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. This gives you the option of studying for as long as you wish and within your own time frame.

UNISA currently has six highly prestigious colleges which offer a broad spectrum of academic and vocational programmes. It also has an exclusive College of Graduate Studies as well as a Graduate School of Business Leadership.

Its disciplines range from Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Economic Management Sciences, Education, Human Sciences and Law, Science, Engineering & Technology.

Besides offering academic degrees, UNISA also offers many courses, certificates and diplomas spanning across several disciplines and subjects. It also offers courses for both academic and non-degree purposes.

A wide range of short course are also on offer. The reasons for enrolling in a short course, vary. Motivations may include vocational enhancement, self interest, improving one’s CV, further study opportunities and many more.

Doing a short course through UNISA as opposed to smaller institutions may be a worthwhile pursuit as UNISA is a reputable, accredited and recognised provider both on a national and international standard.

You can find a full list of courses on offer on the official UNISA website.

A full and comprehensive list of all academic departments, centres, academic bureaus and institutions, can also be found on the UNISA website.

For more information you can contact the UNISA contact centre on: 0861 670 411 (nationally) or +27 11 670 9000 (internationally). Alternatively you can go to the UNISA website for more information.

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