Thousands of students living in South Africa receive government-funded bursaries to fund their tertiary education. Applications for these bursaries are set to open soon, following the higher education minister’s latest announcement.
Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande will brief the media on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. The briefing will focus on the opening of the 2023 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) application process.
Nsfas ensures that thousands of students from poor and working-class backgrounds can access tertiary education. The tuition of students who benefit from the scheme will be paid in full. Students will also receive meal, transport and textbook allowances.
The Minister will also provide an update on the support Nsfas provided to students in the academic year 2022.
The scheme funded 708,110 students during the 2022 academic year. Comprehensive bursaries were provided to 503,363 university students and 204,747 students registered at TVET colleges.
At least 448,300 of the students were returning beneficiaries, while the remaining 259,735 were new Nsfas bursary beneficiaries.
Nsfas recently conducted a testing exercise to test the readiness of their application system for the 2023 academic year application period. This test was conducted on 15 September 2022 to prepare for the official application period.
Some students applied for funding during this testing period. Nsfas said students who applied during the test period will not need to reapply when the official 2023 Nsfas application period opens later this year.
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