There are more than 300,000 students who have been approved by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
Minister of higher education and training Blade Nzimande said the NSFAS had received a record-breaking number of applications by the closing date of November 30 last year.
“More than 543,268 first time ever applications were received from applicants across the country. After a significant number had been processed, 359,037 applications were approved for the NSFAS funding. A total of 281,639 of all applicants received were SASSA beneficiaries,” Nzimande said.
Nzimande said NSFAS had launched a project in partnership with the department of basic education that aimed to provide supplementary NSFAS content to grade 9-12 pupils while they were still at school.