NSFAS to distribute laptops and data to 2023 beneficiaries

The Higher Education Department along with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) introduced a digital programme to meet students needs in 2023 academic year.


NSFAS beneficiaries that need digital equipment such as a laptop and a reliable internet connection for studies will be glad to know that the DHET and National Student Financial Aid Scheme—NSFAS— are aware of this.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) announced that NSFAS will disburse laptops to its funding beneficiaries this year, 2023. The NSFAS scheme has also taken several steps to ensure that the laptop disbursement process is effective, efficient and secure.

The bursary scheme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic impact launches a digital device program to ensure the effective delivery of laptops to TVET College and university students through a formal procurement process.

Executives of the NSFAS also announced that they are working with mobile network providers to deliver specific devise packages to Nsfas-funded students that include a laptop with monthly pre-loaded data.

The process of procurement of packages with NSFAS allowances is expected to be concluded in the first quarter of 2023. A budget of R47.6 billion has been allocated by the government for student funding, R38.6 billion goes to universities and R8.9 billion goes to TVET Colleges, which will be received in four tranche payments throughout the academic year.

Therefore, students enrolled in institutions of higher learning will receive funding, and NSFAS will make early payments to universities to lessen the financial burden. NSFAS plans to provide upfront payments of R3.5 billion and R2.7 billion to universities and TVET colleges respectively.

You may have to apply for laptop acquisition — check the process (beneficiaries only).

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