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NSFAS Notice: Sign Your NSFAS Agreement Form

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has reminded first year students, who have qualified to get a bursary from the NSFAS, to ensure that they have signed their agreements by 31 July 2018.

New bursary agreements for NSFAS recipients

NSFAS recently announced that it was implementing its new National Student Financial Aid Scheme Bursary Agreement (NBA) after government’s fee-free education announcement.

The NBA is only applicable to first-time entering students and senior students who applied to NSFAS for the first time this year.

NSFAS sent an email notification to students from the universities of Cape Town, Sol Plaatjie, Mfolozi, Port Elizabeth and Motheo technical vocational education and training colleges in early May.

Notifications will be sent to all other universities and colleges through the course of the year.

The email notification contains a link, which students must click and it takes them to an online version of the NBA, which they have to sign by the deadline. Each student will receive the email directly.

“NSFAS is concerned that the process is moving slowly. By 15 May, we had generated 37 893 NBAs, but only 5 063 had been signed,” the scheme said in a statement.

Affected students who fail to sign the NBA by 31 July 2018 will not have their bursaries paid.

The NBA also has new terms and conditions which students need to adhere to.

Students who sign an NBA:

How to sign the NBA

All students affected by the NSFAS NBA have to sign the new bursary agreement by 31 July 2018.

The NBA can be signed online or manually.

–          Online signing process

·         You will receive an email from the NSFAS.

·         The email will contain a link. Click this link. You will be directed to an online portal.

·         Input your ID number. The system will send an SMS to you, which contains a One Time Pin (OTP). The OTP will be sent to the cell phone number that you registered with the NSFAS.

·         Use the OTP to sign the NBA online.

·         When you have done this, you will see a notification that says that the NBA terms and conditions have been submitted.

–          Manual signing process

If the online signing option is not functioning optimally, the NSFAS will make a manual NBA available for onsite physical signing. This will be driven by the NSFAS Servicing Team at the scheme’s offices.

This option should only be used as a last resort as manual forms will delay approval and payment.

“We encourage all institutions to assist us to get students to sign the NBA by the required deadline,” NSFAS said in a statement.

If your cell phone number has changed you must email a certified copy of your green barcoded ID or smart card and an affidavit stating that you have changed your number and indicating your new number to uds@nsfas.org.za.

For more information, contact the NSFAS at 0860 067 327 or 021 763 3200.

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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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NSFAS Applications for 2018 Open: Apply Before 30 November 2017

A. Before applying you should have decided which course you want to study and at which public university/TVET college. You will need to select these choices in the application form.

B. Make sure you have electronic (and certified copies) of the following:

  • Your South African identity document/card or, an unabridged birth certificate
  • IDs of parents and/or guardian (or death certificate where applicable)
  • IDs of each person living with you in your home
  • Pay advice/letter of employment/pension advice (not older than three months)
  • If you have a disability, please download the Disability Annexure A and fill it in

C. When you provide your cell phone number on the application form, make sure it works and please do not change it afterwards, as NSFAS will use it to communicate with you during and after the application process. Please do not provide someone else’s cell phone number as your contact number.

You will also need an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can easily create a gmail address, by clicking here.

D. You must not apply if:

– You have already applied and have an application reference number
– You are not intending to apply for admission to a public university or TVET college
– You already have NSFAS funding for 2017
– You are not a South African citizen

E. For postgraduate studies, only students who plan to do the following postgraduate qualification may apply:

1. B Tech – Architecture/Architectural Technology
2. B Tech – Biokinetics/Biomedical Technology/Biotechnology
3. Postgraduate Certificate in Education
4. Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, and
5. LLB

How To Apply

Apply Online for the NSFAS Scholarship Programme

or

Please download the consent form and fill it in with your parent/gaurdian’s signatures. Applications without a consent form that is signed by all people whose incomes have been declared in the application will not be accepted, and will be considered as incomplete.

Closing Date: 30 November 2017

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NSFAS is Hiring: Send CVs via Email

Closing Date20 July 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a public entity accountable to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). It provides financial assistance to eligible students at public universities and at Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges throughout South Africa.

NSFAS has started the implementation and roll-out of the Student Centred-Model at all 26 public universities and 50 TVET Colleges across the country, as part of its efforts to improve the student funding experience. NSFAS’ focus over the past year has therefore been to improve the communication around the implementation of the Student-Centred Model so that the scheme can realise this objective in the 2017 academic year. Central to this are two complementary objectives which serve to deepen the pool of funding available for students through constantly striving to recover loans which are due, and to source more funding from potential donors so that it can assist more students comprehensively.

The following vacancies exist across various Regions

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Minimum requirements: NSFAS, in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), is looking to employ graduates who meet the following minimum requirements:

Unemployed South African graduates A minimum of a three (3) year degree or National Diploma from higher education institutions in the areas of Education, Communications/Public Relations, Psychology, Social Work. Soft Skills and fluent in the language of the community (districts listed below)

No previous experience required (training will be provided by NSFAS).

Beneficial requirements: NSFAS funded graduates Graduates must be living in and able to work in the following Regions:

  • Eastern Cape, Alfred Nzo District (Alfred Nzo Local Youth Office)
  • Eastern Cape, Alfred Nzo District (Ntabankulu Local Youth Office)
  • Eastern Cape, Amathole District (Mbhashe Local Youth Office)
  • Eastern Cape, OR Tambo District (Mthatha Local Youth Office)
  • Eastern Cape, Chris Hani District (Inxuba Yethemba Local Youth Office)
  • Free State, Lejweleputswa District (Nala Local Municipality, Maokeng Advice Centre & Hennenman)
  • Free State, Thabo Mofutsanyane District (Dihlabeng, Mantsopa Local Youth Office)
  • Free State, Cornelia District (Fezile Dabi)
  • Gauteng, Johannesburg Metro District (Transnet, Ratanda, Diepkloef)
  • Kwazulu Natal, ILembe District ( Mandeni, Kwadukuza & Ndwedwe Local Youth Offices)
  • Kwazulu Natal, Umgungundlovu District (Umsunduzi, Mkhambathini, Mpofana, Impendle & Umngeni Local Youth Offices)
  • Kwazulu Natal, Uthukela District (Emnambithi/Alfred Duma, Umtshezi/Inkosi Langalibalele, Okhahlamba Imbabazane/ Inkosi Langalibalele, Uthukela Local Youth Office)
  • Kwazulu Natal, King Cetshwayo District (Umlalazi Local Youth Office)
  • Kwazulu Natal, Zululand District (Pongolo Local Youth Office)
  • Mpumalanga, Nkangala District (Ndlelenhle, Colour my World, Kwazamokuhle, Unico & Marapyane Youth Advisory Centre)
  • Mpumalanga, Gert Sibande District (Wakkerstroom, Elukwatini, Armsterdam, Sesifikile & Mkhondo Local Youth Office)
  • Mpumalanga, Ehlanzeni District (Mjajane, Welverdiend, Up Up Up Youth Development Centre, Jump Start your Career, Mangweni Youth Advisory Centre)
  • Limpopo, Capricorn District (Lepelle-Nkumpi)
  • Western Cape, Eden District (George, Uniondale Local Youth Office)
  •  Western Cape, Overberg District (Overstrand Local Youth Office)

Personal Attributes

Candidates will be required to display the following personal attributes Organised and able to meet deadlines Confident communicator Ability to work independently, as well as within a team Ability to work under pressure and display initiative

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the requirements should send Detailed Curriculum Vitae, Copies of Academic Qualifications and names of two contactable referees to Fayroes Sherry via email, with the subject Student Support Administrators to jobs@nsfas.org.za.

NSFAS does not consider late applications. NSFAS only corresponds with shortlisted candidates. If you do not hear from NSFAS within 2 months of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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NSFAS is Hiring Graduates Send CV via Email

Closing Date: 05 June 2017

NSFAS is looking to employ graduate interns from the greater Cape Town surrounding areas who meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Une mployed South African graduates
  • A minimum of a three (3) year degree or diploma from higher education institutions in the areas as indicated below
  • No previous experience (Less than one year casual work experience could be considered).

NSFAS funded graduates Field of Study & Qualifications

  • Industrial Psychology , Human Resources
  • Honours degree in Public Administration , Public Policy, Research Business Science , Information Science or Statistics background
  • Industrial Engineering or Production and Operations Management
  • Information Systems or Computer Science
  • Journalism, Media or Communication Studies
  • Public Relations, Marketing or Events Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Personal Attributes

Candidates will be required to display the following personal attributes

  • Organised and able to meet deadlines
  • Confident communicator
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and display initiative
  • Preference will be given to Cape Town based candidates

How To Apply

Interested applicants who mee t the requirements should send D etailed Curriculum Vitae, Copies of Academic Qualifications and names of two contactable referees to Nokulunga Mtse via email, with the subject Graduate Internship Programme to interns@nsfas.org.za. NSFAS do es not consider late applications . NSFAS only corresponds with s hortlisted c andidates. If you do not hear from NSFAS within 2 months of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful .

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