The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has opened the application process for students wanting to study at a public university or college in 2018.

NSFAS is a government entity which provides students coming from households earning a specific income with loans and bursaries to study at any of the 26 public universities or at a TVET College.

The scheme has significantly simplified the process and also allows applications to be done online.

“We have worked behind the scenes to strengthen and improve our internal systems and capacity, to be able to deal with the high volumes of applications that we are expecting…The application form for 2018 has been reduced to just two pages, from eleven pages that last year’s application form had,” said acting CEO, Lerato Nage.

From this year onward, NSFAS will accept applications from anyone who qualifies to enter the post-school education system but cannot afford to finance their studies.

For those not able to access the internet, NSFAS has also partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to provide easy access for learners to applying for funding.

The partnership will allow NSFAS to make use of the 15 NYDA branches nationwide, as well as the more than 50 Local Youth Offices (LYO) to accept applications. These local youth offices are situated within municipality offices in all nine provinces.

2018 applications close on 30th November 2017.

Head to the NSFAS website to apply online.