NSFAS Extends Application Deadline, Students Frustrated With Ongoing Website Issues

  • The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has taken the decision to grant students an extension for financial aid applications
  • Financial aid institution says it has received around 600,000 applications since the process began last year
  • Students in need of financial assistance have taken to social media to voice their grievances to the failing NSFAS website.

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JOHANNESBURG – The academic year for higher education and training will only start in about a month and as a result the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has taken the decision to extend the deadline for submitting applications for ‘financial aid.

The original deadline set by NSFAS was January 7, 2022, with hopeful students now having until January 21 to submit their applications.

South African students applying for student financial aid have been granted an extension to submit applications to NSFAS. Images: Getty Images / Stock photos
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The financial aid institution says that since the opening of applications, more than half a million new applicants have applied for assistance and a total of 600,000 applications have been received, according to SABC News.

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NSFAS said it has made changes to its application process, which makes it easier for SASSA recipients to receive an instant response on the status of their application after the application. With the new system, approximately 200,000 SASSA grantees have been approved for funding for the 2022 academic year.

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In one declaration posted online, NSFAS said further time limits would not be granted.

Problems Notifying Students Looking For Funding On The NSFAS Website

It appears that the NSAFAS deadline extension came at the right time as several students complained that they could not complete the application process on the NSFAS website.

IOL reports that some students tried to complete their applications by submitting supporting documents, but were unable to do so due to issues.

This left them in a panic as NSFAS does not process requests if these documents are not received.

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Students shared their frustrations with the NSFAS issues on the website

@msgsibanda said:

“Yoh brah, someone just called me now to apply for them, when I tell them the website is down she is angry like I don’t want to apply for them. ‘she had been doing since November. Thank goodness they extended. “

@IntrepidRocksta said:

“They need to improve their systems. Phela ngeke, they run an institution that serves a lot of people. Mara, their website just goes down from 200,000 people while websites like http: // apple. com can carry 5 million of them at a time. K’yadlalwa eMzansi “

@mdlalose_sphi said:

“I am not able to upload the necessary documents such as payslips / proof of income, but I am already at the ‘funding eligibility’ step and I do not know if the step will be processed without these documents. “

Anele Mdoda disgusted by NSFAS for leaving students dry

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In other NSFAS news, Brief News previously reported that Anelle Mdoda called the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for letting young people starve. NSFAS is a “disappointment,” according to Anele.

After seeing the many students find themselves without money for food and even accommodation, Anele took to social media to express herself. Anele can’t believe what NSFAS is doing to these poor young people.

Anele posted:

“These children who are starving to death because of NFSAS, they will make it and become big business in the world and then watch our government claim them back when they have only put obstacles in their way. You are a disappointment, too bad. Disappointment. It is heartbreaking to see. But ok. ”

Source: Brief News

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