The Department of Higher Education says it is satisfied with the progress made by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to assist more than 300 000 students with their studies in 2017.
President Jacob Zuma announced that government would be rolling out free education for the poor and the working class in December.
NSFAS will fund students from families which make up to R350 000 per year through bursaries. Eligible students will be required to first provide their parents’ proof of income.
Deputy Higher Education Minister, Buti Manamela, says they are pleased with the progress made by the student fund to hep poor students in such a short space of time since Zuma’s announcement.
Manamela visited NSFAS offices in Cape Town on Tuesday to interact with staff and students and assess NSFAS’s state of readiness for 2018. NSFAS says free funding will only apply to students doing their first undergraduate qualifications.
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