What Your ‘Non-Sassa Declaration’ NSFAS Status Means

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If you applied for NSFAS funding and received the Non-Sassa Declaration message from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, you are probably wondering what it means. Keep reading to find out.

The Non-SASSA Declaration Form is a document that allows the applicant to provide evidence from either a social worker or ex-school principal that they were aware that the applicant was indeed an orphan. Forms are attached to the message sent to the applicant.

This form has to be completed and submitted by the applicant in order for them to continue with their NSFAS application.

According to the NSFAS spokesperson, Kagisho Mamabolo, the bursary scheme has noted that many students go to great lengths to hide details relating to their parents by not declaring the required information.

In an effort to prevent this from happening in future, NSFAS has stated that they need some declaration from the applicant that indicated that they never received a Sassa grant or any other form of income.

This would mean that Sassa has no indication of the applicant being an orphan. However, according to NSFAS, this is likely to be false in South Africa as Sassa does do this part of the job well. 

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande stated that an analysis conducted on a group of students from 2021 revealed that more than 38 000 continuing students in Universities and TVET colleges continued to receive NSFAS funding despite having seen improvements in household income throughout the funding period.

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