The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it is receiving more than 4000 applications a day on average.
NSFAS said it had received 141 933 applications since the beginning of September when the application period opened.
“The number is going as high as 6 000 a day on peak weeks.”
Some 101 545 applications were received around the same time last year, NSFAS said in the statement.
The NSFAS applications cycle has officially opened for Grade 9 to 12 learners and out of school youth who wish to further their studies at any TVET college in South Africa during the 2020 academic year.
Prospective applicants have until 30 November 2019 midnight to apply for funding.
NSFAS has embarked on a nationwide 2020 applications roadshow as part of the application drive.
“The purpose of the roadshow is to reach out to learners and out of school youth who need NSFAS funding but have challenges with accessing the application resources,” said NSFAS.
Applications can submitted online by creating a myNSFAS account on the NSFAS website; www.nsfas.org.za.
Applicants with an existing account can sign in using their usernames and password or Facebook/Google accounts.
Students can also submit their applications using their smartphones.
Be a South African citizen
- Intends to enrol at any of the 26 public universities; or 50 TVET colleges in 2020.
- Comes from a family with combined household income of up to
R350 000 per annum (up to R600 000 per annum if the applicant has a disability).
- Should not have received NSFAS funding in 2019, (those who were successfully funded previously, are automatically funded for 2020, provided they meet academic requirements).
Applicants who do not have access to internet facilities are encouraged to visit their nearest Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Thusong Centres, and Department of Basic Education District Teacher Development Centres nationwide.