Following the announcement made by President Zuma on the 16th of December 2017 about what he called ‘free education for the poor and working class’, Universities SA (USAf) met with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to discuss the implications of that announcement. One of the outcomes of that meeting was that since applications to all 26 universities had closed towards the end of 2017, no ‘walk-in’ applications would be accepted. Universities would abide by their enrollment plans and targets which are agreed between each university and the DHET. However, we understood clearly that there are first year students who didn’t previously qualify for
financial aid but who now do, under the new NSFAS dispensation. A clearly defined pathway should be established for such potential candidates.
Students who did not previously qualify for financial aid and who now qualify on the basis of the presidential announcement must submit their details online to the DHET’s central applications clearing house (CACH) at http://cach.dhet.gov.za
Read the full media statement here: USAF Statement