NSFAS Briefing for Funding Decisions in 2021

NSFAS Briefing for Funding Decisions in 2021

NSFAS Briefing for Funding Decisions in 2021

For the year 2021 cabinet has approved additional funding for NSFAS. Many students are awaiting feedback on their current NSFAS applications.

What You Need To Know

Here is everything you need to know about NSFAS funding in 2021:

  • The cabinet meeting was addressed today on the 11th of March: Cabinet condemned the murder at WITS protests earlier this week. Dr Blade Nzimandel held a media briefing to shed more light on the NSFAS funding for 2021. 
  • Dr Nzimande sent his condolences to the family of the man killed at WITS protests: Earlier this week, a protester at WITS was murdered by police. Dr Nzimande condemned this atrocious act and he also called for law enforcement to explain how this happened. 
  • Funding Shortfall: There was an NSFAS shortfall for 2021 which prevented them from being able to communicate with students. Reprioritization of funds will take place later this year. 
  • Dr Blade Nzimande released a statement: No student that deserves financial aid will be left out. This is especially true for students from poorer backgrounds.
  • NSFAS will now be able to release funding and registration can resume: NSFAS registration process can continue as planned at public universities. 
  • NSFAS will fund returning students: All returning students that still qualify for their NSFAS aid will still be funded. 
  • Registration will be extended: Dr Nzimande announced that first-time students will be given an additional 2 weeks to apply for NSFAS funding. 
  • Student debt: This issue will be considered during the policy review.
  • Students with debt have been unable to register: Universities have made some arrangements for students that do well academically but have student debt. Debt arrangements will then be put in place for students who are on track to graduate. 
  • Dr Nzimande called for calm at tertiary institutions: The minister urged for calm at tertiary institutions and for students to follow the right channels. He stated that there have been too many disruptions as a result of COVID-19.
  • NSFAS funding is mostly given to students in undergraduate programmes: In 2021, NSFAS will only fund undergraduate students. Any students who have already registered for postgraduate funding will still receive their financial aid. 
  • Higher Certificate: Students who were funded for higher certificates and can now access degree programmes will also receive funding.
  • Bursaries exist for scarce skills: For students who do not qualify for NSFAS, there is the option to get bursaries particularly in scarce skills. 
  • DHET Bursary scheme: Students will receive the study material allowance. This can be used in the purchase of electronic devices for education. The living allowance will be given to contact students in contact study. 

Author: Andrea Frisby 

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