NSFAS funded approximately 524 950 students for the 2017 academic year and NSFAS expects this number to grow for the 2018 academic year. NSFAS encourages students to apply for funding. The media statement reads: “We (NSRAS) have worked behind the scenes to strengthen and improve our internal systems and capacity, to be able to deal with the high volumes of applications that we are expecting. We are calling on all Grade 12 learners; out-of-school young people; unemployed young people; and Public University and TVET college students not currently funded by NSFAS, who will need financial support in 2018, to start submitting their applications.”

Potential students can apply via NSFAS’s website by completing an online application form or by visiting any NYDA branch or LYO who will assist students in completing a manual application. Students that are already funded by NSFAS for 2017 do not need to apply again. Applications will close on 30 November 2017.