It has been almost a month since 2023 funding applications opened for government’s bursary scheme. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has now warned prospective students of scammers trying to extort money from them.
Funding applications for the 2023 academic year through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) opened on 28 September.
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr. Blade Nzimande announced that the application process can only be completed online.
The bursary scheme has now warned prospective applicants, following fake information circulating on some social media platforms.
Students have been advised to visit the bursary scheme’s official website regarding factual information about funding applications.
While briefing the media, Nzimande said a budget of R43 billion was allocated to the scheme to fund beneficiaries’ tuition fees, including food and travelling allowance, and study material for the 2022 academic year.
Nsfas opened its application cycle to allow prospective applicants enough time to submit their applications and supporting documents.
According to reports, the application system has been redesigned to be more user friendly, making it similar to other platforms that prospective applicants are accustomed to such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
It has been reported that the Department of Higher Education and Training will have an outreach programme to help prospective applications that do not have access to technology.