NSFAS to work with institutions to assist newly defined poor students

Late last year President Jacob Zuma redefined poor and working class students to students coming from households with a combined annual income of R350 000.

This announcement came down after NSFAS applications had closed and as such the organisation says it will be working with public institutions to assist students that now fall under the new definition.

“They [students] will however have to supply the institution with mandatory documentation such as identity documentation of parent, legal guardian or spouse and proof of income or SASSA; all FTEN (first time entry) students are advised to bring these when presenting themselves at the Institutions of Higher Learning,” said NSFAS.

It is important to note that this does not mean applications for funding through NSFAS have been reopened.


All other learners that have not applied at a university or for funding through NSFAS will need to do so through the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Central Applications Clearing House. NSFAS will work with institutions to assist students where possible.

Details regarding applications can be found on the DHET’s website.

Students that have applied for funding through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will learn whether their application was successful on 12th January.

Applications for funding from NSFAS have been closed since 30th November 2017 and the organisation has reiterated on its website that applications will not be reopened.

“NSFAS has already received in excess of 300 000 applications for first year students who have signalled their intentions to study at Universities and TVET colleges in the 2018 academic year. We have already assessed 80% of the applications using the new criteria and will be communicating outcomes to all applicants from 12th of January,” the organisation said in a statement earlier this week.


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