Ryan Cloete


ryan cloeteRyan Cloete is a journalist based in Cape Town who writes for The Careers Portal and The Skills Portal. He received an Advanced Diploma in Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2021. Ryan has also previously worked as an on-air contributor at One FM.

As a journalist, Ryan's ultimate goal is to work for a publication that makes a difference in the lives of people. Working at Portal Publishing has provided him with an opportunity to do this and kick start his hopefully long career in news. He also enjoys reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events.

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Ryan's Articles:

In 2024, NSFAS finally began missing middle funding. Here's how the NSFAS student loans work. 

NSFAS assists thousands of students with their tertiary education through the provision of comprehensive funding. They are encouraging college students to take action and ensure they receive their NSFAS allowance payments. 

Transport costs could potentially prevent students from regularly attending classes. The NSFAS transport allowance ensures that students can attend class when they need to. 

After several payment challenges, NSFAS has confirmed a new allowance payment system for TVET college students. Here's what students must do to ensure they receive their allowance payment. 

Life can be unpredictable, and you might need to take a break from your studies. Does this mean you'll need to reapply for NSFAS funding if you decide to come back?

Students funded by NSFAS in 2024 will receive increased allowance payments from the government bursary scheme. The minister of higher education announced several NSFAS allowance increases. 

NSFAS provides comprehensive funding to students enrolled at public tertiary education institutions in South Africa. While 2024 funding applications for university students are closed, TVET college students will have another opportunity to apply for NSFAS. 

In a departure from its standard procedure, NSFAS has confirmed that institutions will take on the responsibility of disbursing student allowances at the beginning of 2024. Here's an update on the situation at universities.

More than one million students rely on the bursaries provided by NSFAS to finance their tertiary education qualifications. However, what happens when students transfer to a different institution?

NSFAS has paid billions of rands to institutions to pay allowances to students at the beginning for the 2024 academic year. Here's when universities said they will pay allowances to students. 

If your NSFAS applications was rejected, you can submit a NSFAS appeal. Here's how to submit a NSFAS appeal. 

More than 2 million funding applications were received by NSFAS for the 2024 academic year. The funding scheme explained delays in funding decisions. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme provides comprehensive bursaries to students attending public tertiary education institutions in South Africa. Beneficiaries of the bursaries must meet certain criteria to ensure they continue to receive their funding.

More than 1.8 million funding applications were submitted to NSFAS in 2024. The financial aid scheme has revealed under which conditions students will be funded by the government bursary scheme. 

Funding from NSFAS enables more than a million students to obtain tertiary education qualifications free from the stress of covering the high costs associated with studying. The financial aid scheme has confirmed 2024 NSFAS allowances for distance learning students. 

Aspiring teachers can now apply for a comprehensive bursary that covers all the costs of their studies. The 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary application is now open. 

Thousands of students require funding for their tertiary education journey. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme requires proof from students who believe they are eligible for funding.


Bursaries ensure that students can pursue their academic goals without having to worry about the cost of the academic programme. To qualify for a bursary, students must meet the criteria set out by the funder.


The aim of the NSFAS bank account was to empower students with greater control over their allowances and additional services. Nevertheless, various obstacles have hindered the direct payment system from delivering the promised services to students.

More than a million students are currently receiving funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). It was recently revealed that thousands of students have unfairly lost their funding from the scheme.