The National Student Financial Aid Scheme famous as NSFAS serves as a bursary program providing financial assistance necessary for learners to attain their career dreams. The scheme offers fully subsidized training programs and free higher education to both financially challenged and working class South Africans. Who qualifies for NSFAS? The plan is exclusively available for eligible applicants who satisfy the NSFAS requirements discussed below.
The core mission of the scheme cuts across three main elements, which include providing financial assistance to learners from poor and working class families interested in enrolling in public universities and TVET colleges. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme essentially identifies eligible learners and awards them with bursaries for their enrolled programmes. As such, the scheme also collects past student loans in the view of financing new students. Most importantly, the scheme supports new applicants who are unable to afford further education regardless of their financial potential. Read on for National Student Financial Aid Scheme requirements before enrolling and accessing the scheme funding.
What is needed when applying for NSFAS?
Although the NSFAS application for the 2019 academic year is already closed, you can prepare for the next intake by understanding that there are several qualifications which applicants must satisfy before submitting their applications. It is also essential to keep track of important dates and stay up to date with NSFAS notifications. NSFAS bursary and financial aid is exclusively open for South African citizens willing to further their studies and satisfy the following conditions:
- Only applicants with a combined annual household income of less than R350,000 annually are acceptable for subsidized study enrollments.
- SASSA grant recipients who are first-time registrants for undergraduate qualifications at a public university or TVET College.
- Those who have excelled in Grade 9 and 10 and require financial aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to study at TVET college.
- First time registrants for an undergraduate qualification at a public university or already registered at a TVET college for one of the National Certificate Vocational or the report 191 programme.
- SASSA grant recipients that are already studying at a TVET college or public universities and registered before this year for different qualifications.
- Already registered University learners with combined annual household income not exceeding R122,000 annually.
- Learners who have already passed grade 12 to receive National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding for university studies
When making your applications, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will grant you an option of applying for DHET funding. It is also necessary to complete the consent forms as a part of the requirements. It is vital to clear all the credit checks in time for NSFAS to verify all the household income values.
In the qualifications, non-south African students should not apply because the National Student Financial Aid Scheme receives local learners only. Prospective learners should also realize that they stand a chance to receive bursaries only after successfully receiving an enrollment. Applications for financial aid should also be completed within an acceptable period. Before starting your applications, consult the student support offices for necessary assistance as pertaining to opening an account with myNSFAS Self Service portal.
NSFAS requirements 2019 are essential to qualify for NSFAS services. Meeting these requirements not only serves to enhance your eligibility but also guarantees a chance for further studies with The National Student Financial Aid Scheme. So, if you meet the above NSFAS requirements, what are you waiting for? Grab the next opportunity when applications are open and get the chance of a lifetime to further your studies.
- Currently in Grade 12 or have completed matric
- Intending to study transport-related qualifications in 2020
- Currently registered students at Institutions of Higher Learning (including TVET Colleges) and require funding for 2020 academic year Applicants must be studying at or intending to study at Accredited Aviation Schools, Accredited Diving Schools and Registered TVETs and HEIs
- Aviation students with PPL
- Commercial Divers with matric (Senior Certificate)
How to Apply:
Application forms, guidelines and other relevant documents are available on the TETA website www.teta.org.za, under TETA 2019/2020 Unemployed Bursary Learner Support.
1. Applicants must be South African citizens and be at the age of 35 years or below.
2. Applicants should select one qualification on the application form.
3. Only one application form will be accepted per learner.
4. Applications should be accompanied by all documents required in the checklist attached to the application form.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE TETA BURSARY
Application forms may be submitted in the following ways:
Via Post: Private Bag X 10016, Randburg, 2125. Hand delivery to TETA Head Office: 344 Pretoria Avenue, Randburg. Attention: Confidence Ngobeni or Phuti Rankapole – SD & LP Unit.
Applications can also be hand-delivered to TETA Coastal and/or regional offices listed below:
• Kwa-Zulu Natal Office: MB House, 635-641 Peter Mokaba Road, Overport, Durban. Tel: 031 301 9614 Attention: Mike Mzolo.
• Western Cape Office: Newlands on Main, Mariendahl House Ground Floor, 13 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700. Tel: 021 819 9601/9606/9607 – Attention: Zaidah Sampson.
• Limpopo Office: Capricorn TVET College, Senwabarwana Campus, Senwabarwana Main Road, Bochum, 079 150 2729. Attention: Thandazile Mabuya.
South African Youth development programmes to familiarise yourself with
Whether you are taking the route of entrepreneurship or looking to acquire skills to land you your dream job, there are youth initiatives designed to expose youth to new knowledge and opportunities to have you workplace ready.
SAB Foundation, THOLOANA ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME
The aim of the programme is to support entrepreneurship development and social innovation, with a emphasis on small, medium and micro-sized enterprises for women and youth, people in rural areas, as well as persons with disability.
For more about the programme: http://sabfoundation.co.za/tholoana-enterprise-programme/
The innovation summit
For all who are into the world of science and technology, The innovation summit offers Tech entrepreneurs and innovators an opportunity to participate, grow their network, and bring their innovations to life and be compatible with the advent of the industrial 4.0. This programme creates a platform where innovators and tech entrepreneurs can collaborate with the government, academia, and industry ” to build an African system for innovation on a practical level.”
Another benefit is the opportunity offered to connect with entrepreneurs from various countries, backgrounds, disciplines, and world-views to “create an innovative economic environment that will prosper the South African economy.”
For about the programme: http://innovationsummit.co.za/innovate/
The National Youth Development Agency
This initiative was put in place by the government to help combat the issues that South African youth are affected by on a daily basis. Youth in South Africa youth apply and are with this can be exposed to career guidance services, mentorship, skills development and training, entrepreneurial development and support, health awareness programmes and involvement in sport.
For more information about the programme: http://www.nyda.gov.za/
JA youth enterprise development programme
This initiative offers opportunities to the youth between the ages of 18 and 35. It looks to grow youth entrepreneurs. It looks to grow youth entrepreneurs through education and training, enough to assist them with establishing their own businesses. It grooms future entrepreneurs to understand and acquire the neccessary skills for sustainable businesses. The programme runs for a period of three to four months.
For more on the programme: http://jasa.org.za/youth-enterprise-development-programme/
Youth empowerment services
The Youth Empowerment Service is known to be one of the first social initiatives between government, business and labour. This initiative is aimed aims to involve the youth,corporates,SMME host and skills providers. With this initiative one million youth get the opportunities and the same time create that platforms which encourage economic prosperity.
For on the programme: http://www.yes4youth.co.za/
Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) Bursary
ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED
Transport-related fields of studies:
- Electrical Engineering (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ N4-N6)
- Electronic Engineering (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ N4-N6)
- Mechanical Engineering (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ N4-N6)
- Aeronautical Engineering (B Degree)
- Marine Engineering (B Degree)
- Maritime Law (B Degree)
- Maritime Studies (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Nautical Studies (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Transport Economics (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Supply Chain Management including Warehouse, Storage and Distribution (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Road Transport Management (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Logistics Management (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Transportation Management (B degree/ B Tech/ National Diploma/ Advanced Diploma)
- Commercial Divers (Class II/ III/ IV)
- Commercial Pilot License
- Instrument Rating
- Instructor’s Rating
- CPL with ATPL subjects (Frozen ATPL)
- Masters Degree in Transport Related possible themes
MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE
The bursary will provide coverage for the following expenses: tuition fees, prescribed textbooks, transport, approved on/ off campus accommodation and meals.
- South African citizen
- Between 18 and 35 years old
- Currently unemployed
- Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
- Studying or intend on studying full-time within one of the aforementioned fields of study
- Studying or registered to study at an accredited tertiary institute (including TVET Colleges, HETs, Accredited Diving Schools and Accredited Aviation Schools)
- Good academic record with a minimum overall average of 50%
- In possession of a valid Private Pilot License (PPL) if applying for Commercial Pilot Training
- In possession of a valid Commercial Pilot License if applying for Instructor’s or Instrument Rating
- Students from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities are welcome to apply
- NOT currently funded in any TETA programme or by another sponsor
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY
Download and complete the TETA Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Also, download the TETA Bursary Guidelines (.pdf) before applying.
Submit the following supporting documentation:
- ID document (certified copy)
- Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
- Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
- Latest academic results/ record (certified copy)
- Qualifications/ certificates (certified copy)
- Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies)
- Parents/ guardians death certificate if deceased (certified copies)
- Proof of household income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed)
- Quote from tertiary institute of tuition fees, textbooks, accommodation, etc
- Proof of registration from a tertiary institute/ Admission letter if not currently registered
- Acceptance letter from tertiary institute/ proof of application if acceptance letter is not yet available
- Pilots to include: Private Pilot License (PPL)
- Commercial Diving students: must be at least 18 years old, be able to swim and be fluent in English (reading, writing, and understanding)
- If studying at a Private Institute: Valid proof of accreditation by the relevant authority/ body for study applied
Applications can be submitted in one of the following ways:
Private Bag X10016, Randburg, 2125
2) Hand delivered to TETA Head Office:
No 344, Pretoria Avenue, Randburg
Attn: Confidence Ngobeni / Sinelisiwe Sibeko – SD & LP Unit
3) Hand delivered to your nearest TETA Coastal office:
Western Cape Office:
Newlands on Main, Mariendahl House Ground Floor, 13 Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
Attn: Zaida Sampson
Tel: 021 819 9601/ 021 819 9606/ 021 819 9607
Kwa-Zulu Natal Office:
MB House, 635-641 Peter Mokaba Road, Overport, Durban
Att: Mike Mzolo
Tel: 031 301 9614
Capricorn TVET College, Senwabarwana Campus, Senwabarwana Main Road, Bochum
Attn: Thandazile Mabuya
Tel: 079 150 2729
2 July 2019 (at 16:30)
CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER
Tel: 011 577 7033/ 011 577 7018/ 011 577 7093
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