Sakinah Samuels


sakinah samuels

Sakinah is Head of Content at Portal Publishing where she manages content strategy for the company websites, and is passionate about the work she does. With a passion for writing developed at a young age, she is always creating some form of written content at all points in time.

Sakinah completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Western Cape majoring in Psychology, English and Philosophy in 2019 and has since expanded her skill set. She also gained an SEO qualification through the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a lifeline for many South African students, offering financial aid to attend both public universities and TVET colleges. With different educational paths, a common question arises: Do you need to reapply for NSFAS funding if you transition from a TVET college to a university?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) plays a vital role in opening the doors of higher education for many South Africans. But what happens if your NSFAS funding is suddenly withdrawn?

NSFAS funding is a lifeline for many South African students. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme released a statement outlining important details regarding 2024 NSFAS allowance payments.

Understanding the N+Rule is critical for students benefitting from NSFAS funding. This is because the rule dictates how long a student can receive funding. 

With nearly two million NSFAS applications submitted annually, competition for these bursaries is tough. Unfortunately, thousands of deserving students receive rejection notices.

Many TVET college students in South Africa depend on NSFAS allowances to finance their education and achieve their academic goals. But recent news suggests a change in these allowances.

For many South African students, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the key that unlocks the door to higher education. If you've received the coveted "Financially Eligible" NSFAS status, this article is your one-stop guide to understanding what it means.

Eagerly awaiting news on your NSFAS application? If you've applied for financial aid through NSFAS, it's time to check your NSFAS application status! This article dives into what a specific status, "Registration Received," means for your NSFAS journey.

Getting rejected for NSFAS funding can be discouraging, but there's still hope! If you believe there might be a mistake, you have the right to appeal the decision.

Thousands students submit NSFAS applications every year hoping to receive financial aid to further their studies. One NSFAS status seen is 'Application in Progress' and here's what that means.

Once you submit your NSFAS application, it's important that you monitor on the myNSFAS portal to check your NSFAS status. One NSFAS status you might see is 'withdrawn'.

NSFAS provides bursaries and loans to thousands of students around South Africa. The bursary scheme wants to ensure students across the country can easily communicate with them. 

In February, NSFAS concluded its 2024 application period for both NSFAS bursaries and NSFAS loans. The financial aid scheme has since disclosed that over 200,000 applicants were unsuccessful.

If you have a full bursary from another source that isn't NSFAS, you won't qualify for a NSFAS bursary. NSFAS has however said which possibilities there are should you lose that funding.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme aims to grant access to higher education through a NSFAS bursary or a NSFAS loan. One question that has popped up is: will NSFAS fund me if I received a Higher Certificate and want to pursue a degree?

Annually, numerous students seek NSFAS funding; however, not all succeed. NSFAS provides a second opportunity through appeals for those unsuccessful.

NSFAS is expected to provide funding for millions of students in 2024. The amount of allowances students receive is determined by various factors, such as whether they attend classes in person or online.

NSFAS offers extensive funding, along with NSFAS allowances, to deserving students in South Africa. The following are the academic criteria that university students must meet to continue receiving funding.

When applying to tertiary institutions, there is always a concern about how you will pay the tuition. This is when you may come across NSFAS, though there is still some confusion over whether or not NSFAS is a bursary or a loan. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme supports access to higher education through NSFAS funding and loans for the missing middle. A common inquiry is whether a student with a partial bursary would be eligible for a NSFAS bursary.