Matrics on social grants no longer need 'means test' to access Nsfas funds

2016-12-08 22:55
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Johannesburg - Grade 12 pupils who receive social grants will no longer need to go through a "means test" to qualify for funding from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) if an institution of higher learning has accepted their application.

Children living in child- and youth-headed households or those receiving social, child support, foster child and disability grants would be exempted from the means test, Nsfas project manager Xolani Gobela said.

"This decision comes after extensive work between Nsfas and government departments to make sure that there is a smooth process for social grant beneficiaries," he said.

This year, 188 687 learners who sat for their matric examinations were receiving a social grant, 173 085 were receiving child support grant, 14 926 were recipients of foster child grant and 676 of them were receiving a disability grant, he said.

Those who qualify for assistance would be notified of the outcome of their applications in January, he said.

Nsfas provides full funding for students who qualify and who pass the "means test". The test assesses the ability of an applicant's family to fund the student’s studies.

Students can qualify for varying amounts up to the maximum of R71 800 a year for a university student. This includes full tuition fees, accommodation, meals, books and travel, the Nsfas website says.

Read more on:    education  |  matric 2016

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