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Closing Date: 20 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)
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 .
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has urged students, who received funding, to sign their Loan Agreement Forms (LAFs) to avoid funding retraction.
NSFAS called on 63 558 students, who have not yet signed their LAFs and Schedule of Particulars (SOP), to do so at their respective universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges as soon as possible, or before 31 May 2017.
NSFAS warned that affected students could possibly face retraction of NSFAS funding if they fail to honour their funding obligation, although they are approved for the 2017 funding.
NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo explained that the NSFAS terms and conditions states that the loan amount recorded in the loan agreement will be paid as a credit to the student account with the university, for the academic, residence, student levies and other similar cost of pursuing the course of studies for which the student is registered.
“No loan advance will be made unless the Loan Agreement has been signed. It is our responsibility, as stated in the National Credit Act 34 of 2005, that prior to entering into any credit agreement with a consumer, we must conduct a detailed financial assessment on behalf of the client.
“Now that we have done that, we are appealing to the students to do their part and sign the agreements for their own benefit. No credit agreement can be concluded without the signing of the agreement form and acceptance of the terms and conditions thereof,” said Mamabolo.
Mamabolo added that NSFAS ensures that students understand the risks, costs and obligations created by the financial assistance they are receiving, and therefore, “signing of agreement is compulsory and it is common practice for any institutions that provides financial assistance in South Africa”.
Mamabolo emphasised that NSFAS will not process any tuition payments for students who have not signed their agreements.
“All funded students are obliged to acknowledge that they understand the terms and conditions and the amount of funding stipulate in the LAF/SOP. However, funded students who are eligible for financial assistance will continue to receive funding (automatically) until they complete their studies, provided they achieve the 50% pass mark.”
To sign a LAF/SOP, a student can simply visit the NSFAS website www.nsfas.org.za, click on the SIGN YOUR LAF/SOP Link, and then enter an ID number into the search engine.
The details will appear on the screen. – SAnews.gov.za
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) can confirm that by the 08th of February, 175 348 students have received financial aid to further their studies at any of the 26 public universities for 2017. This includes 67 875 first-entering students and 107 474 returning students. Although the NSFAS application closing date was 20th January, some universities are still in the process of concluding their examinations. We therefore expect these numbers of funded students to increase.
The Scheme worked tirelessly with the assistance of all the institutions of higher learning and the Department of Higher Education and Training, to ensure that the allocation of financial aid for first-time and returning students are allocated before the end of the academic registration period.
We have agreed with universities that while the allocation of grants to new students was a priority, the management of returning students must be coordinated to ensure that universities can immediately accept and register NSFAS returning students if they meet the following criteria:
- Received NSFAS financial aid in 2016;
- Satisfied the 50% module pass requirement for the 2016 academic year;
- Satisfy the N+2 completion requirement; and
- Signed their 2016 NSFAS agreement forms.
NSFAS has also communicated with at least 9 976 applicants whose applications were unsuccessful, as they did not meet the NSFAS financial eligibility criteria. Students who are unsuccessful may appeal by submitting the “Appeals Form” before a pre-determined closing date in order to be considered by the Appeals Committee. Details of the appeal can be found on the NSFAS website www.nsfas.org.za or 0860067327.
Have you been rejected by NSFAS? You can make an appeal, Click here to Download NSFAS Appeal Form for 2017
Appeals for New Applicants/First year students
First year students/New applicants who applied for funding from NSFAS and received a rejection outcome message/status are encouraged to appeal the funding decision outcome from NSFAS if they can justifiably prove that our funding decision outcome is inappropriate in light of their academic and financial eligibility.
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