Students urged to apply for funding

Two government-owned entities have gone on a fierce drive recruitment of students to ensure that more young people have access to funding for the 2018 academic year.
Both the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) were part of about fifty exhibitors who ensured visibility of this life changing opportunity at the National Tourism Careers Expo that is currently underway at the Sand Du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein.
More than ten thousand learners, tourism students, graduates and educators descended to the expo to ensure that they were part of this informative sessions that will also see some of them working away with business and find study opportunities in the tourism sector. According to NYDA’s Kagisho Mokae, the partnership with NSFAS is in line with NYDA’s focus on education and skills development, and it is in its second year. He said all learners and students who wish to apply for NSFAS funding for the 2018 academic year can do so by visiting their nearest NYDA branch where they will be assisted by experienced officials from both the entities. The NSFAS applications for the 2018 academic year will close on 30 November 2017 for both public university and TVET College students.
Thabang Mosea from Brandfort said he wants to study B Tech in Architectural Technology and therefore has already applied for the funding. “I am sure that I am going to do well in my grade 12 exams and can’t wait to see myself starting my journey to a great career that I loved since my early days at high schools,” he said. Some of the courses that NSFAS has funded which are still eligible for funding include amongst others Biomedical Technology, postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.

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