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TVET Courses that NSFAS Funds


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

Business courses – Business & Utility Studies (National Certificate – Vocational) NQF levels 2-4 & Report 191 N1-N6; Management; Marketing; Office Administration;

Commerce courses – Finance; Economics & Accounting;

Hospitality and Tourism

Safety, Transport and Logistics

Education and Development

Pre-Learning Programme (PLP)

Find out more here


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How to Check NSFAS Application Status

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.

Step 1:

  • 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.

Step 2:

  • 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.

Learn more about NSFAS:

NSFAS 300 000 Applications Approved for 2019

How to Apply for NSFAS

Check NSFAS Application Status

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NSFAS Approves 300 000 Applications for 2019 Academic Year

 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.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has announced the completion of all assessments of the 2019 applications of first time students.

NSFAS said an appeal form can be downloaded from the NSFAS website, www.nsfas.org.za, and must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office at the institution.

Alternatively, students can submit appeals directly to NSFAS, along with the required documentation, to applicationreview@nsfas.org.za.

The closing date for appeals is 08 March 2019.

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’.

To apply for other bursaries click here

Read more about NSFAS Here

Source: News.gov.za

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Former Security Guard and NSFAS Beneficiary Joins the SA Justice System

Former Security Guard and NSFAS Beneficiary Joins the SA Justice System

 

The sky is the limit: Mathebula ready to tackle legal battles

Former security guard Foster Mathebula is proof that it’s never too late to achieve one’s dreams. Mathebula who graduated with his LLB Degree two weeks ago from the University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of thousands of people funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.He was funded by NSFAS from 2013 until 2018.

The 36 years old Limpopo born graduate said that he had to juggle tough university curriculum with his stringent duties at work to achieve his dreams.Adding that he couldn’t have made it without the support of his former classmates,colleagues and NSFAS. “I enslaved myself. My challenge was to stay employed while studying. I worked with integrity while making sure that my studies were not compromised,” he said.

The former security guard is currently a registered Masters student and aims to immediately study for his PhD after completion. He is also serving his internship with the G4S security company’s legal department, focusing on Labour Law.

 

Source: NSFAS

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NSFAS receives over 400 000 applications for 2019

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

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NSFAS: Submit Your Missing Documents for your application

NSFAS: Submit Your Missing Documents for your application

 

APPLICANTS WITH MISSING DOCUMENTS URGED TO SUBMIT BEFORE DEADLINE

Applicants who applied for NSFAS 2019 funding without submitting all supporting documents have until Friday,
14 December 2018 to submit all required documents. Applicants are urged to log in to their myNSFAS accounts
to check whether they have submitted all required documents with their application.
More than 400 000 applications were received from prospective students for the 2019 application cycle, and
over 57 346 of those applications were found to have missing supporting documents during evaluation process.
Applications that are still pending these required documents beyond Friday will automatically be rejected.
The following documents (with a stamp not older than 3 months) are required to complete the application:
1. Certified copy of your South African birth certificate or ID document;
2. Certified ID copies of parents or guardians;
3. Certified copies of proof of income (where applicable); and
4. A completed consent form. This form can be downloaded from www.nsfas.org.za.
Applicants can submit these documents online on the MyNSFAS portal:
 Go to https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html
 Log in to myNSFAS account
 Click on the Documents tab
 A folder will be available to upload documents
 Upload required missing documents
 And press submit
If for some reason, applicants are unable to upload the documents online, they should email the documents to
missingdocuments@nsfas.org.za and use their ID number as reference.
It is important to note that applicants with missing supporting documents need to submit these documents for
NSFAS to finalise funding decisions.
NSFAS has already started communicating funding decision to applicants via SMS or email and will continue to
do so until January once all academic results have been made available and all institutions have confirmed
admission. We encourage students to ensure that the cellphone numbers provided are correct and in the case
of changes, update their details on the myNSFAS portal.
Issued by NSFAS Spokesperson

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How to Apply for NSFAS 2019 Bursary Scholarships

How to Apply for NSFAS 2019 Bursary Scholarships

Closing Date: 30 November 2018

Step 1

Take note of all the supporting documents you will need, read the terms and conditions, and download the parent consent form.

Step 2

  • Register yourself as a user on myNSFAS.
  • 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.

Step 3

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.

How To Apply

Apply Online for the NSFAS: Bursary / Scholarship Programme 2019

Make sure you submit your application on or before the closing date of 30 November 2017. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

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NSFAS 2019 Bursary Applications Open

NSFAS 2019 Bursary Applications Open

Make sure you submit your application on or before the closing date of 30 November 2017

Closing Date: 30 November 2018

Step 1

Take note of all the supporting documents you will need, read the terms and conditions, and download the parent consent form.

Step 2

  • Register yourself as a user on myNSFAS.
  • 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.

Step 3

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.

How To Apply

Apply Online for the NSFAS: Bursary 2019

Make sure you submit your application on or before the closing date of 30 November 2017. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2019 Opens in October 2018

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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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NSFAS: Sign Your NSFAS Agreement Form Before 31 May

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

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More than 175 348 University Students Receive NSFAS Funding for 2017

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.

Issued by:

Kagisho Mamabolo

NSFAS Spokesperson

Cape Town

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