Scheme helps many

2017-05-03 06:02

The detail of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was released by the minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, on Monday, 24 April.

Nzimande elaborated that the total number of students who were supported by the government each year at universities was 194 923 in 2013, 186 150 in 2014, 178 961 in 2015 and 244 488 in 2016.

In addition, 194 353 university students have so far been supported in the 2017 academic year, with 78 413 covering first time entrants and 115 940 for returning students.

According to him, a total of 220 978 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college students were beneficiaries of NSFAS in 2013, of whom 186 150 were supported in 2014, 178 961 benefitted in 2015 and 244 488 in 2016.

Nzimande said it is envi-saged that college funding decisions for the 2017 academic year is expected to be concluded at the end of April, with 123 332 students already receiving support.

“It is important to note that these figures will increase after the conclusion of all pending funding decisions.

“In this regard, NSFAS has employed additional resources to expedite the process,” Nzimande said.

He also reiterated government’s commitment to find resources to support the children of all poor, working class and middle class families in their quest to better their and their families lives through skills acquisition.

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