NSFAF launches 2024 applications
The application process is now open and will continue until 29 February, providing students with a three-month window to submit their applications.
Investing in education
At the launch, higher education minister Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi underscored the critical nature of selecting institutions with accredited courses when seeking financial assistance. She shed light on NSFAF's substantial commitment, revealing an impressive investment of N$7.4 billion over the past five years in funding students. Kandjii-Murangi urged prospective beneficiaries to meticulously follow the prescribed application procedures and emphasised the importance of signing contracts to minimise errors in the process.
Acknowledging the commendable implementation of monthly payouts to awardees, Kandjii-Murangi highlighted the tangible impact on students' lives, enabling them to meet their essential monthly needs. Furthermore, she shared encouraging news about a significant 30% surge in the number of applicants meeting funding requirements, soaring from 17 232 in 2022 to an impressive 22 178 in 2023.
Stephan Tjiuoro, a member of the NSFAF board of directors, addressed an ongoing concern regarding non-tuition fees for students enrolled in private institutions not currently benefitting from the existing structure.
Tjiuoro announced that a dedicated board meeting is scheduled for the coming week to delve into this matter, with the anticipation of reaching a final decision that addresses the needs of students in private institutions.
NSFAF remains committed to refining and expanding its support mechanisms, ensuring equitable access to financial assistance for students pursuing higher education.