NSFAS: Missing middle students will be supported by govt

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has also moved to clarify that it does fund children of civil servants.

University students marching to the Union Buildings for free, decolonised and quality education on 20 October 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says students who fall in the bracket of the so-called missing middle and don't qualify for funding will be supported by government.

NSFAS has also moved to clarify that it does fund children of civil servants, if the correct documentation is presented and a student is pursuing their first qualification.

NSFAS has extended its application period until 14 February.

NSFAS’s Kagisho Mamabolo says people must apply online now. He says last year they had an overwhelming number of people applying at the last hour.

“It made documentation processing much slower. We encourage students to apply now.”

Mamabolo says there are many students who don't get funding because of falsified information.

“They need to get their documents in order before applying. Without their documents, we cannot support those in need.”

He says they anticipate to receive over 400,000 applications in total.

To apply for funding, click here.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)