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Can’t afford to pay for your own studies? Join a government-funded training course and get financial support from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme(NSFAS). Here are the fields that NSFAS funs in TVET colleges.
What is a TVET college?
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges have been established by government to respond to the scarce skills shortages in the country.
A TVET qualification equips students with the vocational and occupational skills needed to find employment in South Africa.
The colleges offer a variety of technical programmes that vary in duration allowing learners to choose between short courses and formal diploma programmes.
Who is NSFAS?
NSFAS is government’s leading agent for administering funds to underprivileged students in South Africa for the purpose of increasing access to higher education.
Through its procedures and systems NSFAS identifies students who meet the criteria to receive financial support and dispenses funding accordingly.
NSFAS Funded Training
Both these government backed entities are working together to promote further education amongst poorer students.
As a result NSFAS funds Ministerial approved programmes at TVET colleges.
Students must find out from their respective colleges whether or not their courses are funded, however NSFAS has released a general list of funded programmes offered through TVET colleges. These include:
Engineering courses – (National Certificate -Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6; Engineering and Related Design; Electrical Infrastructure; Civil Engineering Construction and Information Technology & Computer Science
NSFAS application status: How to check on your National Student Financial Aid Scheme application
Haven’t received a response for your National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) application for admission? simply check the status of your application.
Then you apply for study funding at National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), you can usually expect response few days after the application closing date. However, if you still haven’t heard back from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) it might be time to take things into your own hands. It’s not a difficult process, but to make things even easier, we’ve provided you with the below link which you can click to access.
If you would like to check the status of your 2019 NSFAS application, please visit the NSFAS website. Click on MyNSFAS account and login with your ID and the password you created during your application.
Click on MyNSFAS account and login with your ID and the password you created during your application.
If the status of your application is “Provisionally Funded”, please contact Unisa’s Division: Student Funding (DSF). Please contact NSFAS for all other outcomes, as NSFAS is responsible for the application process.
In a statement issued, the scheme said of the 417 000 applications received, more than 300 000 students have been given the stamp of approval, pending registration at public institutions for NSFAS funded qualifications.
In December, NSFAS Administrator Randall Carolissen called for a review of the 109 000 applications that were initially unsuccessful for the 2019 academic year.
“Following this process, over 60 000 of these applicants, have subsequently been declared financially eligible. As NSFAS processed applications in the pipeline, the number of unsuccessful applicants escalated to 65 000,” said scheme spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo.
Unfortunately, he said, several students were unsuccessful based on information that received from credit bureaus regarding their household income.
“Should a student want to dispute this outcome because of changes to the household income or SASSA status, they may lodge an appeal by providing the necessary documentation to NSFAS,” Mamabolo said.
Appeals will only be considered on the following grounds:
Material change in combined household income (proof of loss of income needed with a fully completed NSFAS form for students that were not previously funded);
Loss of a bursary/sponsor in the 2018 academic cycle (documented proof should be provided and should be accompanied by a fully completed NSFAS application form);
Failure to meet academic criteria where prior academic performance has been satisfactory (provide supporting information and documentation that provides details of the reasons that affected performance);
Failure to meet academic criteria due to medical condition (s) or death of an immediate family member (provide supporting information and documentation);
Student had a gap year in NSFAS funding or failed to register previously and could not reapply for funding;
More than one student from the same household concurrently enrolled at a university/TVET college; and
Applying for an approved post graduate qualification (see section F on the appeal form for list).
Students are encouraged to log in on the myNSFAS self-service portal www.nsfas.org.za to check their application status update, for those students that have been approved for funding, their status will now reflect as:
‘Approved for funding subject to registration’, and for those who have been rejected for funding, the status will reflect as ‘Application unsuccessful’.
You will need to create a username and password, which you will use to log in to your myNSFAS account to update your details.
To complete the register process you will need a cellphone number and email address.
If you do not have an email address, you can easily create a gmail address, by clicking here.
Please note that registering on myNSFAS is not the applying process yet. You must proceed to the APPLY tab to access the application form and apply.
Once you have registered, click the APPLY tab and you will be taken to the online 2018 application form. Read the form carefully, and start to fill in your particulars.
IMPORTANT! Before filling in the application form, you will need to have scanned copies of all the supporting documents. These supporting documents must be uploaded. Don’t start the application until you have all the supporting documents, as you will not be able to save the form and come back to it later.
When you have completely filled in the application form and attached all the supporting documents, click the Submit button to submit the application, and wait to receive a reference number.
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 email@example.com.
For more information, contact the NSFAS at 0860 067 327 or 021 763 3200.
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.
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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NSFAS is expected to fund more than 405 000 students this academic year.
Are you in need of financial assistance to study at a tertiary institution? Apply for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) study loan or bursary through the Financial Aid Bureaus at your tertiary institution or directly through the online application with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
NSFAS is a loan and bursary scheme funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training for those who do not have the financial means to fund their studies and / or cannot access bank funding, study loans or bursaries.
Application for a study loan should be made at the institution where you would like to study, or through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for selected tertiary institutions
NSFAS has introduced a student centred application model that allows students studying at selected institutions to apply directly through NSFAS. Students are able to apply directly online ensuring that the application is received and completed. NSFAS will inform students on the progress of their applications by SMS and email. Allowances for food, accommodation, books and travel will be transferred by NSFAS directly to approved and eligible students. In this way NSFAS has the ability to maintain a relationship with a student from the time he/she applies for funding until he/she completes their academic cycle and repays the loan.
The following institutions were selected for the student centred model. Students who choose these institutions must apply for NSFAS funding directly through the NSFAS online application process.
The selected institutions are:
Ekurhuleni East TVET College
King Hintsa TVET College
Motheo TVET College
South Cape TVET College
Umfolozi TVET College
Durban University of Technology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Sol Plaatje University
University of Mpumalanga
University of South Africa and
University of Venda
For all other institutions, please contact the Financial Aid Bureaus at your tertiary institution.
Loans will be allocated subject to an applicant’s eligibility and the availability of funds.
After considering all the submissions by our stakeholders, NSFAS executive management decided that it was best to open the second and last application window of application for financial aid as follows.
NSFAS will re-open for 2017 applications for all learners who have not applied during the 01 August – 30 November 2016 window period;
Applications for students who wish to study at TVET colleges will open from the 09 January 2017 and close on 14 February 2017; and this is meant to coinside with release of matric results.
Applications for students who wish to study at universities will open from 09 January 2017 and close on 20 January 2017.
Although NSFAS will accept paper applications, universities and TVET colleges are encouraged to assist students to submit online applications during these application periods. This will speed up the process of evaluation and funding to students.
We are calling on all young people who missed the first application phase this year and need NSFAS financial support, to take advantage of this second opportunity and submit their applications for financial assistance as soon as possible. Online applications can be done on the NSFAS website, while manual applications can be sent via fax, post or email, as with the recent application phase. This is now time to start collating all your supporting documents so that the applications process is smoother.
NSFAS would also like to that this opportunity to share important information with our students regarding the payment of allowances for their food, traveling, books, and private accommodation. NSFAS is rolling out the implementation of sBux, which is a cell phone banking solution that we have introduced to distribute funds directly to individual students for these allowances. Through sBux, a student will be able to access funds on his/her mobile phone, using a security pin and password to access his/her personal account.
This means that students who qualify for NSFAS loans or bursaries will receive allowances in the form of cell phone vouchers to pay for food, traveling, books and private accommodation. While NSFAS pays tuition fees directly to institutions, we will give allowances for these expenses directly to the students via their cellphones, using sBux. Students will be able to spend these vouchers at NSFAS-registered merchants who have signed up on the sBux programme.
Up to this stage, more than 3 334 merchant outlets have signed in on the sBux programme. These merchants include Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Spar, and USave outlets, all of which allow students to redeem their sBux vouchers and buy groceries. Students can also purchase books at registered book merchants using the same process.
Students who are accepted to sBux will receive an SMS welcoming them to sBux. They will follow the prompts and enter their ID number in order to be verified, following which they will receive a password. Two days later, funds will be available in their account for usage. The top 10 book suppliers are also registered in this platform. We will continue looking for ways to improve the disbursement of allowances to students.
We need to emphasise that, when we talk disbursement of the NSFAS allowances at 50 TVET colleges and 26 universities, we talking huge transactions and a one size fits all policy on this disbursement of allowances cannot be applicable due to the unique circumstances inherent within certain Institutions. This is also one of the most difficult spaces we are managing and we are trying our level best to ensure that our students are assisted without delays.
For example, in the TVET sector, where NSFAS pays for transport allowances for students who communte between home and the college, the absence of public transport service providers prevents NSFAS from using sBux to disburse travel/cash allowances to students – such as in the West Coast area.
Under these circumstances, normally the process would be that NSFAS will pay the College, and the College will apply the Bursary Guidelines on NSFAS to pay for transport through the local service providers of their choice. Note that this solution helps mitigate a drop in enrolment at this particular College.
For the university sector, some of the universities would formally request the NSFAS Board to delay the provision of sBux services. These requests, if made in time, are based on the submissions before the Board. However, these Institutions will be instructed to accredit their respective landlords at least by 31 May 2017.
If Institutions have failed to specifically request (in writing) a deferral of sBux until 2018, sBux will be used to disburse all allowances at these Institutions in 2017.
Our students will also make use of sBux vouchers to buy prescribed books and nay other assistive devices. However, I must emphasize that books allowances are not applicable at TVET Colleges because they are supplied centrally by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
The sBux system will also be used for food allowances, where applicable, at all Institutions, unless specifically requested by institutions to delay this system. Some of the universities such as the University of North West, their own cafeteria will be integrated with sBux during the course of 2017 in preparations for the 2018 academic year.
2017 will become the transition year for private accommodation allowances and all Institutions not using sBux in 2017 will be instructed to accredit their landlords by 31 May 2017. For Institutions that have residences, ALL accommodation (including private accommodation landlords) will be paid directly to the institutions.
We will spend most of the 2017 academic year resolving all private accommodation challenges such as landlord accreditation, system development to “lock” students to landlords, dealing with legal considerations and other related matters.
Operating hours during the festive season
NSFAS will not be closing for this festive season. We have dedicated this month of December to deal with all the applications received so that we have the assessment completed before the matric results are released. To respond speedily and effectively to the application project, we have implemented several operational changes, including the extension of business hours for our contact centre to operate from 08 AM to 05 PM, Mondays to Fridays, and from 08 AM to 04:30 PM on Saturdays. We have also employed more than 60 temporary staff members who will work night-shift to capture all the manual applications received. We have also approved overtime for permanent employees to help in the processing and capturing of manual applications.
In conclusion, we would like to thank our partners who made the applications project a success. We are grateful for the support provided by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) when they opened their centres to assist learners with NSFAS applications. We also thank the Vodacom Foundation for availing their 81 ICT centres across the country, for the support and assistance of learners with online applications. We thank the Department of Social Development through the Isibindi Programme, National Association of Child Care Workers who also partnered on this initiative by dispatching NSFAS application forms to all the 278 Isibindi sites which were servicing matric students. We also thank the Department of Basic Education for their assistance with the NSC data.
Last but not least, we are thankful to the Bohlabela Local Municipality in Bethlehem in the east of the Free State province, for their support in distributing NSFAS manual application forms to rural schools in their area, and helping learners to apply. We would not have achieved this success without them. We will continue to enter into more partnerships with other organisations going forward.
Applications for NSFAS 2017 now open, closes 30 November
All students who will register at public universities/ TVET colleges for their first time in 2017 and in need of financial support, can now apply directly to NSFAS for financial assistance. Applications will remain open between 01 August 2016 and 30 November 2016.
To all 2017 first year students
All students who will register at public universities/ TVET colleges for their first time in 2017 and in need of financial support can now apply directly to NSFAS for financial assistance. Applications will remain open between 01 August 2016 and 30 November 2016.
To all current university/ TVET college students already funded by NSFAS
All students who are already studying in a university/TVET college with NSFAS financial assistance – and those who studied through NSFAS previously and dropped out, and now plan to resume their studies in 2017 – do not need to apply for NSFAS funding for the 2017 academic year.
NSFAS is in a process to receive all your information and details from the university/college where you are currently enrolled. You will be automatically migrated to the student-centred model, and will be notified by SMS/post once NSFAS has received and registered your details.
To all current university/TVET college students, who are not funded by NSFAS, but intend to apply for NSFAS assistance for the 2017 academic year
All the above mentioned students – including those who were previously on a government funded bursary programme not offered by NSFAS – can apply for NSFAS financial assistance for the 2017 academic year from 01 September 2016 to 30 November 2016.
To apply on the NSFAS website, you will be required to register first to create your personal online account, and then proceed to fill and submit the application form online. You may need about 30 minutes to complete this online process, and must also have scanned copies of the following required attachments:
Identity Document/Birth Certificate
Last Academic Results
Proof of parents income (If parent/s employed)
Death Certificate/s (If parent/s deceased)
Doctor’s Certificate (If permanently disabled)
How to Apply