Nsfas to be accessed from NYDA offices nationwide

The two organisations have formally launched applications for the 2018 academic year in Heidelburg.

FILE: A group of students at the University of Johannesburg protest the lack of Nsfas funding on 27 January 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) says it has increased its capacity to help applicants for the 2018 academic year.

The scheme has confirmed that it will be functioning at the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA) offices across the country to make their services accessible.

The two organisations have formally launched applications for the 2018 academic year in Heidelburg.

Nsfas’ Executive Officer Lerato Nage says research has been conducted on ways to advance funding to applicants more efficiently and measures have now been derived to improve the application process.

He says the collaboration with the NYDA will help educate those in rural areas on the kind of services the scheme offers and how to apply.

Nage says the scheme is currently funding over 500,000 students in 2017 and he expects the number to increase.

The applications process is expected to close on 30 November.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)