All National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) qualifying students do not have to pay upfront registration fees at universities or colleges.
This is according to Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Blade Nzimande. The minister says the fact that students have qualified for NSFAS funding means that when they go to register, they have proof that they don’t have to pay for registration.
“It is also a great improvement in the system because before, you would have a number of NSFAS qualifying students being asked to pay registration fees. We have eliminated that now and whoever ask these students to pay for registration, is breaking the law,” said Nzimande.
Briefing the media on the Post-school Education and Training Sector’s state of readiness for the academic year 2020 on Thursday, Nzimande said that 430 000 applications have been approved for NSFAS funding.
A total of 281 639 of all applications received so far are South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) beneficiaries.
To support the ongoing registration at TVET Colleges, where it is expected there would be an influx of Walk-Ins, NSFAS has deployed a team of support staff, from 13 January 2020, who will work with the colleges to assist them with NSFAS related issues, especially for late admission.