More Clarification Given On NSFAS Funding Cuts

Matric 2020 results were released today and many students may be interested in receiving funding to further their studies. There was confusion as some course names and curricula have changed with old courses no longer being funded by NSFAS - some being in education and nursing - but the new courses will still be funded.

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) released a statement announcing that they would no longer fund certain university courses which first-year students might be interested in, such as B.Ed and B.Cur.

Ahmed Bawa from the CEO of Universities SA clarifies and states that the statement released by NSFAS was misleading as the B.Ed qualification which they were referring to was an old postgraduate qualification that no longer exists. The nursing degree is also to be replaced with a new qualification that students will be able to register for - and receive funding for.

Bawa assures the public that NSFAS will continue to fund the four-year undergraduate degree in Education, called the Bachelor of Education. 

The CEO of Universities also added that NSFAS will continue to fund eligible undergraduate students who will be studying at public universities and TVET colleges.

The Department of Higher Education and Training is meant to issue a clarification note soon to set the record straight.

Students are encouraged to apply to NSFAS to study for any undergraduate degree at any public university or TVET college in South Africa.

Visit the NSFAS website for more information.

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