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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 AND NSFAS

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be implementing safety and precautionary measures to combat Covid-19 epidemic as per national government directive by the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday March 15, 2020. A follow up briefing was held by various Department’s Ministers, including the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande outlining the impact, holistic measures and approach in support of the national plan. NSFAS has developed preventative measures to lower the risk of spreading the virus.

NSFAS is cognisant of the fact that students may be concerned that the current pandemic will affect the allocation of their funding. We can firmly confirm that NSFAS is implementing measures to ensure that payments and processing of applications is not affected. We will continue to focus on ensuring business continuity and adequate support for our stakeholders who require assistance during this time.

As from Tuesday March 17, 2020, NSFAS staff members will be segmented into priority groups to lower human interaction at the NSFAS Wynberg (Cape Town) Head office. Fifty percent (50%) of staff members will be required to report to the office and limit contact amongst each other. Although the NSFAS Contact Centre will be reducing the number of staff members, the interaction on alternative platforms will be greatly strengthened.

Clients, students and applicants are encouraged to engage NSFAS on the online platforms prior to attempting to call the Contact Centre.

The above strategy enables the organisation to continue the allocation of funding, protect staff members and their families, as well as the students.

The following alternative communication channels will be available from 08h30 to 17h00, Monday to Friday.

  • • Email: info@nsfas.org.za
  • • Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
  • • Twitter: myNSFAS
  • • Instagram: myNSFAS

NSFAS will also limit local travel for all NSFAS employees. Government and business stakeholders will preferably be contacted using alternative channels of engagement as and when required. We will continue to communicate with the public through our online platforms to provide the latest funding progress updates.

 

What is The National Student Financial Aid Scheme? (NSFAS)

NSFAS was established in terms of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Act 56 of 1999)

The mission statement is made up of three well defined elements, which describe why NSFAS exists and its impact on the people it serves:

  • NSFAS exists to provide financial aid to eligible students at public TVET colleges and public universities;
  • NSFAS identifies eligible students, provides bursaries and collects past student loan repayments to replenish the funds available for future generations of students; and,
  • NSFAS supports access to, and success in, higher education and training for students from poor and working-class families who would otherwise not be able to afford to study.

NSFAS Applications for the 2020 academic year have closed. 2021 NSFAS application dates will be communicated on all NSFAS social media platforms and on www.nsfas.org.za

NSFAS students and prospective NSFAS students are required to open and regularly check their myNSFAS accounts for NSFAS funding related information.

To log into your myNSFAS go to www.nsfas.org.za, go to the myNSFAS tab and follow the log in process explained on screen.

Follow us on social media for the latest NSFAS information:

Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
Twitter: myNSFAS
Instagram: myNSFAS

Our Toll Free number is: 08000 67327

 

What does the bursary cover?

  • Accommodation
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution)
  • Living allowance
  • Book allowances
  • Incidental/personal care allowance
  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Funded students with disabilities need to submit claims for Assistive Devices and Human Support directly to the university’s Student Support Services/Financial Aid office.

Who qualifies for NSFAS funding?

  • All South African citizens
  • All SASSA grant recipients
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum
  • Persons with a disability with a combined household income not more than R600 000 per annum
  • Students who have started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum

 

Additional support:

NSFAS funded students who have a disability are further supported through an additional allowance.

Please contact the Disability Unit or Financial Aid Office at your university for assistance.

Below are the Additional Allowances;

  • Medical Assessment: Limited to one assessment for the duration of the qualification and on request by the Disability Unit/ Student Support
  • Assistive Devices: Limited to one Assistive Device for the duration of study. 
  • Human Support: To cover for the cost of a caregiver, guide dog, scribe, tutor or sign language interpreter