NSFAS Introduces Innovative Changes for Bursary Applications in 2024. South Africa premier bursary scheme, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), has officially launched its 2024 application process. The Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Blade Nzimande, is optimistic about the enhancements made by NSFAS in streamlining the application process for students.
Minister Nzimande Emphasizes Improved Accessibility
During a briefing with stakeholders, Minister Nzimande highlighted the opening of NSFAS funding applications for the 2024 academic year. He underscored the scheme’s commitment to administering bursaries efficiently and outlined various improvements to facilitate easier applications.
Key Dates and Call to Qualifying Students
NSFAS 2024 applications commenced on Tuesday, 21 November 2023. Minister Nzimande urged all eligible students to apply for funding, emphasizing the positive changes implemented by NSFAS and the introduction of mobile applications to simplify the application process.
Enhancements in Application Process
As part of NSFAS’s digital strategy, significant improvements have been made to the student application portal. Minister Nzimande revealed that the scheme has taken steps to enhance the application period, ensuring a smoother experience for applicants.
Diversified Avenues for Application Status Checks
Students will benefit from increased options for checking their NSFAS application statuses. The minister highlighted the continuation of WhatsApp and USSD functionality introduced in 2023, with additional improvements for the 2024 NSFAS applications.
Mobile Application Launch
Acknowledging NSFAS’s progress, Minister Nzimande commended the launch of a mobile application for 2024 applications. Available on iOS, Android, and HUAWEI devices, the NSFAS mobile app aims to simplify the application process and includes future plans for biometric capabilities.
Call for Improved Call Center Operations
Expressing concerns about student complaints regarding the NSFAS call center, Minister Nzimande has directed NSFAS to enhance its call center operations. Anticipating improvements before the start of the academic year, the minister seeks a more effective support system for students.
Current NSFAS Funding Landscape
NSFAS currently supports over one million students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges. The financial eligibility requirements for 2024 remain unchanged, with household income limits of R350,000 for general applicants and R600,000 for disabled students.
Tuition Coverage and Allowances
Approved NSFAS funding covers tuition and registration fees for eligible students. Additionally, NSFAS provides various allowances to alleviate the financial burden associated with pursuing higher education.