NSFAS statistics on TVET applications


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    The SANews.gov report on Sunday 20th October 2019, included some interesting information.

    NSFAS Administrator Dr Randall Carolissen says that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has identified provinces with low application rates, and will be following up, with community outreach agents to assist with applications.

    By Sunday, 50 000 more applications have been received compared to the same period last year.

    216 758 applications have been received since the opening of the 2020 application cycle. But only 10% of the applicants chose TVET colleges as their preferred choice for study.

    This would appear to indicate that the TVET section is not reaching the potential students – and persuading them of the value & appropriateness for them of TVET.

    Young people with Grade 9 to 12 and school-leaving young people may qualify for funding.

    The SAnews.gov.za reports:
    “NSFAS considers each application that we receive. When processing an application, we validate information with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and Department of Social Development (DSD) thereby getting a complete profile of an applicant and family.

    “We take into consideration the total household family income, home affairs and social welfare status, higher education or admission status. Information about your school, and local municipality plays a crucial role in the 2020 application system,” Carolissen said.

    NSFAS said meeting academic requirements for tertiary studies is important as students only become funded once registered at a public institution of higher learning for an approved qualification.

    “Applicants who come from working class families, whose total household income is below R350 000 per annum will be eligible to receive the government bursary.

    “However, funding will only be confirmed or granted as soon as proof of admission is provided to NSFAS by the institution of higher learning. Applicants with special needs or disability will take top priority together with the beneficiaries of social grants,” NSFAS said.

    NSFAS applications opened on 01 September 2019 and will close on 30 November 2019 at midnight.”

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