When Will NSFAS Let Me Know If They Will Fund Me?

If you've applied to receive funding from NSFAS and you're wondering when they will communicate your application results, then keep reading. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande recently made an announcement in which he gave an update on the 2021 applications. Nzimande said that NSFAS has begun the evaluation of applications and that this is due to be completed by mid-February.

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

The Minister says that this stage will be completed in time for students who are registering for the 2021 academic year. 

Students should be aware that NSFAS will not be accepting late applications to be funded for the 2021 academic year. 

During Minister Nzimande's briefing he explained the reason for this saying:

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.

To check your application status, follow these steps:

Once you have followed these three easy steps, you will be able to see whether you are funded or not. It may take some time for your application to be successful so please be patient. 

To view what your application status means, click here

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