Social Dev Dept, Nsfas partnership paves way for tertiary education funding

Academically deserving social grant recipients who passed their matric exams will automatically be eligible for tertiary education funding.

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JOHANNESBURG – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says academically deserving social grant recipients who passed their matric exams will automatically be eligible for tertiary education funding.

Dlamini announced the partnership between her department and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The minister says of the 188,000 grant beneficiaries who wrote matric exams, 83% qualified to further their studies for either a diploma or degree.

“Despite the conditions of our vulnerable children, 41% percent managed to receive a bachelor’s pass, which gives them entry to any tertiary education institution. These students should automatically qualify for funding to pursue their studies.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)