NSFAS Will Continue Paying Allowances In 2021

NSFAS has made it clear that beneficiaries were receiving allowances during 2020 and will continue to pay allowances in 2021 even though funds are currently constrained.

NSFAS has made it clear that beneficiaries were receiving allowances during 2020 and will continue to pay allowances in 2021 even though funds are currently constrained.

NSFAS has stated, "Although the available funding at NSFAS is severely constrained, we will continue to provide living allowances to those students who qualify for the period of the extended academic year".

During a briefing, Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande emphasised the following:

NSFAS beneficiaries continued to receive their funding during 2020. Although the available funding at NSFAS is constrained, we will continue to provide living allowances to those students who qualify.

Usually, NSFAS will have a late applications period but along with saying that allowances will continue to be paid, the Minister also announced that NSFAS will not reopen their application system. This he said is due to the financial aid scheme having received an overwhelming number of applications already.

Nzimande said, "Given the high numbers of applications received for NSFAS, funding late applications will not be accepted in 2021."

NSFAS received around 750 000 applications from students wanting to be funded in 2021. This is an increase of 185 000 applications when compared to 2020.

NSFAS embarked on assessing these applications in December and is still in the process of doing so, aiming to complete the evaluation process in February. This is so that students can know whether they've been funded or not when registration begins. 

The evaluation stage is when NSFAS verifies all the documents an applicant has submitted during their application. 

NSFAS provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans. NSFAS will cover your tuition fees, accommodation fees as well as give you transport, living and book allowances to make sure that your higher education is covered far beyond what you expect.

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