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No system error in South Africa’s NSFAS student funding scheme – no need for beneficiaries to reapply

A screenshot of a Facebook post circulating online in November 2020 claims that NSFAS beneficiaries need to re-register their profiles and reapply for 2021 funding due to a system error. 

NSFAS, the government’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme, helps fund the after-school education of students from poor and working class families.

But do beneficiaries have to reapply for funding in 2021 because of a system error? We checked. 

‘Fake news alert’

The message was originally posted on the Facebook page “University of Limpopo politics”. 

“All NSFAS beneficiaries are advised to confirm if they can log in to their NSFAS profiles,” it reads. “The system may not recognise the ID number and a pop up message might come to say ‘Profile for this ID does not exist. Do you want us to take you to registration?’”

If this happens, the message says, you need to re-register your profile and apply for funding again before 30 November.   

The post appears to have been deleted from the “University of Limpopo politics” page, but screenshots continue to do the rounds online. 

NSFAS has been quick to counter the claim. On 30 November it released a statement on its official Facebook and Twitter pages, dismissing the message as “fake news”. 

The scheme says beneficiaries are not required to reapply if they applied for 2021 funding in August or November 2020. Only people who have not yet applied should do so.

If you are unsure about information from a large organisation, make sure to consult its official social media pages and website. – Africa Check


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