The cost of Higher Education and Training can often be the obstacle that stands in the way of students obtaining Tertiary Education Qualifications from public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, transport, food, textbook allowances, learning materials and registration fees for eligible students.
Court Order For Guardianship For NSFAS
NSFAS stated that it does not accept affidavits for proof of legal guardianship.
The financial aid scheme explained that “we do not accept affidavits. You need to provide us with the “court-appointed legal guardianship” document or submit a Non-SASSA declaration form signed by a social worker. The form is available on our website”.
The court order for guardianship is where a judge appoints a guardian and then this is made an order of the court. This is relevant for NSFAS applications as the financial aid scheme looks at the combined household income to see if applicants qualify for funding.
Unsuccessful students have 30 days to appeal their rejection status upon receiving the outcome of their NSFAS application.
NSFAS announced that “students wishing to appeal must upload all required supporting documentation to substantiate the reasons for the appeal. Appeals should be submitted within 30 days of having been assessed as unsuccessful".
What is NSFAS?
NSFAS stands for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. INSFAS aims to enable academically capable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education and obtain a qualification.
NSFAS provides financial assistance to cover tuition fees, accommodation, and other related costs such as books, meals, and transport.
To be eligible for NSFAS funding, students need to meet certain criteria, including being South African citizens, coming from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, being enrolled or accepted at a public higher education institution, and meeting the academic requirements set by the institution. Students need to apply for NSFAS funding annually and provide relevant financial and academic information for consideration.
NSFAS plays an important role in promoting access to higher education for students who would otherwise not be able to afford it, and it is aimed at addressing financial barriers to education and promoting social mobility in South Africa.
Some Common Questions About NSFAS
Q1 - Is NSFAS a loan or a bursary?
NSFAS funding is now a full bursaries. Before government policy was changed, NSFAS was predominantly a loan scheme. In the last few years this has changed.
Those who obtained NSFAS funding when it was loan scheme still have to repay their funding when they get a job. But these days the payment of fees, accommodation and allowances is a full bursary and nothing has to be paid back.
Q2 - How is NSFAS funding disbursed?
NSFAS funding is generally disbursed directly to the university or college where the student is enrolled. It covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a living allowance, and any remaining funds are given to the student for other study-related expenses.
Q3 - How do I check my NSFAS application status?
You can check your application status by logging into your NSFAS account on their website the MyNsfas student portal.
They provide updates on whether your application is approved, pending, or requires further information.
Q4 -How To Submit A NSFAS Appeal
- Log into your “MyNSFAS" account on the NSFAS website Click the 'Track Funding Progress' option
- Check the application progress tabs
- If your application status reflects an unsuccessful message, you may submit an appeal by clicking on the 'Submit Appeal Tab'
- Once you are on the 'Application Appeal' page, you can see the reason for your unsuccessful application status
- You are then able to choose the appeal reason
- Then upload certified required documents to support your reason
- Then click 'Submit Appeal'
- You may now track the progress of the appeal on your myNSFAS account.
Make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria and that you have uploaded all the supporting documents before applying or submitting your appeal.
Q5 - Can I appeal if my NSFAS application is rejected?
Yes, if your application is rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision. The NSFAS website provides information on the appeal process and the necessary steps to follow.
Q6 - What are the contact details for NSFAS?
You can contact NSFAS through their official website www nsfas org za, call center, or social media channels.
The physical address of the NSFAS head office and contact centre is in the Cape town City centre. However applicants or returning students don't have to attend the centre in person. You can register an account on the MyNsfas website - just make sure you remember your Nsfas login details.
NSFAS Email Address and Other NSFAS Contact Details
Applicants or returning students can contact NSFAS via the contact center Toll free number 08000 67327 on Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 17:00.
You can also contact them via their email address [email protected].