NSFAS Application Process for 2024 Academic Year Now Open. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has officially initiated the application process for the 2024 academic year.
NSFAS Application Process for 2024 Academic Year Now Open
- Application Period: Open until 31 January.
Minister Assurance on Direct Funding
Minister Blade Nzimande, overseeing Higher Education, affirms that despite criticisms surrounding the new payment system’s implementation, NSFAS will persist in directly funding students.
Recent protests at various universities arose from glitches in the new system, prompting concerns about its efficacy.
Response to Criticisms
Minister Nzimande defends the new approach, citing a past forensic investigation that uncovered corruption. The decision to adopt a student funding model with direct NSFAS applications remains unchanged, with confidence in the improved funding and equitable resource distribution.
We conducted a forensic investigation some years ago, and we found that there was a lot of corruption. That’s why we decided on a student funding model. Let students apply directly to NSFAS; we don’t intend to change that. We believe it has significantly improved in terms of better funding for students and more effective distribution of resources.