NSFAS, Social Development to announce on grant beneficiaries

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The Department of Social Development and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will hold a joint media briefing on Tuesday in Pretoria.

The media briefing led by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini is set to announce how NSFAS will assist social grant beneficiaries who pass their matric and are accepted at institutions of higher learning.

The department and NSFAS partnered in 2016, in an effort to ensure that poor and vulnerable learners have access to funding to further their studies by doing away with the means test for social grant beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, NSFAS has opened the second window on Monday for students who would failed to apply for funding for 2017.

NSFAS Spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said: “The second window is to help those that have secured spaced at universities and colleges and have passed matric but did not for one reason or another did not make application for NSFAS.”

The funding application period is set to close on the 20 January 2017, for those who wish to study at universities.

However, those who wish to study at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges application also open today and close on 14 February 2017.

The scheme wants to assist those matriculants of 2016 who passed well and have secured a place at universities and colleges.

-TNA Reporter

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