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pandorTimesLive reports that only 24% of applications received by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2019 academic year were from pupils planning to enrol at TVET colleges, with the balance of 76% being for universities.  

This was revealed by Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday after the NSFAS officially closed the application period.  Pandor said the scheme received over 400,000 applications between 3 September and 3 December and was evaluating all applications received.  Funding is only confirmed once a student has met the financial eligibility criteria and is formally registered at a TVET college or university for an approved funded programme.  Successful students will receive bursary funding to cover their tuition fees and an allowance for learning materials.  “I am pleased that the 2019 application process has performed well in terms of systems, applications received, as well as user experience,” said Pandor.  The majority of applicants were female (63%).  Across the provinces, KZN had the most applications, with 91,523 (but which represented only 45% of the total number of pupils who wrote their national senior certificate exams in the province).  The lowest number was from the Northern Cape with 2,573 applications, representing only 18.04% of the total number of pupils who wrote in that province.

  • Read the full original report by Nonkululeko Njilo at TimesLive

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