NSFAS funding applications below expectations

With a month to go until the application deadline for student funding, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it is concerned about the lower than expected volume of applications from students.

We're concerned that in the first three months of the applications process we have not seen the volumes that we expected

Msulwa Daca, National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) CEO

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu, NSFAS CEO Msulwa Daca says that current application process for student financial aid is open to students who will be new to the national system in 2017, either studying at universities or at TVET Colleges.

This is the first time that we've centralized the application process

Msulwa Daca, NSFAS CEO

For the first time, NSFAS has a central application system, which is aimed at making funding for students more accessible.

Daca says that the central application system will also help in making NSFAS applications more manageable as students will now apply from one place.

The students who are in matric this year will only know the final outcome of their application once we get their results in the first week of January in 2017... The returning students who are funded by NSFAS in 2016, don't have to apply. Once the results are out for those students in universities and colleges, we'll inform them that their funding has been rolled over to 2017, because they apply only once now in the new system

Msulwa Daca, NSFAS CEO

Applications for NSFAS funding for 2017 is open until 30 November.

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