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Matric recipients of social grants qualify for tertiary funding

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says they've partnered with Nsfas to ensure pupils from poor families have access to funding at varsities.

Classroom. Picture: Pixabay.

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has announced that matriculants who currently receive social grants and who’ve been accepted to higher learning institutions will automatically receive financial aid and won’t have to go through the means will test.

The social protection, community and human development clusters held a briefing in Pretoria earlier on Monday.

Dlamini says her department has partnered with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Ns fas) to ensure pupils from poor and vulnerable families have access to funding.

“We are happy to announce that matriculants who are currently receiving social grants and are accepted into institutions of higher learning will no longer go through means test to qualify for financial aid from Nsfas.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)