SA sets aside R10bn for student loans, bursaries

Apply early for tertiary studies

It was important for matriculants to be proactive and to apply for admission as early as possible, Nzimande said, adding that it was always a challenge if Grade 12 learners passed their exams without admission as previous practices, such as walk-in applications, had long been abolished.To help pupils submit their applications on time, his department, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, had launched the “Apply now” campaign to create awareness of career options, study opportunities and application procedures for post-school education and training.This campaign complemented the Career Development Services Helpline – on 0860 356 635 – and Khetha radio programmes, which ran on 10 SABC African languages radio stations, including Afrikaans; social media platforms; and career awareness events.”The National Career Advice Portal provides access to career information on career pathways, occupations and relevant education and training opportunities,” he said. His department was operating the Central Application Clearing House once again in 2015.The clearing house call centre and website went live on 2 January. “The… service has been developed to assist learners who qualify for higher education studies, have applied for a space at an institution, but have not been offered a place at the institution of their choice after the matric results are released.”It is also accessible to those learners who did not apply before the closing dates last year and now find that they are eligible for higher education studies. Learners looking for spaces in the university education system can contact the toll free call centre on 0800 356 635 or send an SMS with their name, ID and contact number to 49200, and they will be telephoned back free of charge,” he said.



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