NSFAS students urged to apply before closing date

Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology Blade Nzimande has urged students to apply for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) grants ahead of the new year.

Nzimande officially opened the 2024 application period for NSFAS.

The minister said applications would be open for two months before closing on 31 January 2024.

“We urge students to apply for NSFAS. That’s their future. The ones who qualify, and no one must be misled into not applying. The only way to access NSFAS is through applying.

“NSFAS has officially opened its applications today and will close on January 31, which gives the scheme students just over two months to apply,” he said.

Nzimande said he was pleased with the improvements that the scheme has made to relieve stress on students who will be applying.

“I was pleased to hear that, as part of improving the services to students, for this application period there will be no supporting documents required at the time of application,” he said.

He explained that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), the South African Revenue Service (Sars), and the Department of Home Affairs will provide the scheme with information to verify what the student would have declared in the application.

Nzimande said he would ensure that all outstanding grant fees were paid before the new year started.

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