If you are confused about how to write an affidavit for an NSFAS application, then you must refer to the following complete article. I will tell you exactly what an affidavit is, why you need it for NSFAS, and how to write it. I know it may sound a little confusing why they are asking for an affidavit just so you could apply for the NSFAS bursary. I have been there, too, and I know exactly what you are feeling right now.
But don’t lose faith. It may sound a little terrifying to you by its name, but it is just another form that you will have to fill out in front of the authorities and under oath. Of course, there is more to it than that, but that was just the gist of it. For further details, keep on reading the following article.
What Is An Affidavit?
Before we discuss anything, it is imperative to understand what an affidavit is and how it can be used for your own benefit for NSFAS. So, an affidavit is a voluntarily written legal statement by an affiant under oath. It is administered by an authorized person legally permitted to do so. In simple words, it is a written statement taken under oath and can be used as evidence in court.
Why Is an Affidavit Needed For NSFAS?
An affidavit is needed in those instances when you make an assertion but don’t have any proof to support your assertions. For instance, you want to apply for the NSFAS bursary but your legal guardians are not your parents.
In that instance, you will write an affidavit explaining the reasons why your legal guardians are not your parents and somebody else is supporting you. This declaration will be made in front of the Commission of Oaths and thus, it will be legally binding on the receiving party.
And this was just one example. There could be many reasons why you might be required to provide an affidavit when applying for NSFAS bursaries. Just keep in mind that you will only be required to provide an affidavit if there is no evidence to support your extraordinary claims.
How To Write An Affidavit?
In order to write an affidavit, you should first go to your nearest local police station and ask for an affidavit form. Write your full name, address, and ID number on top of this page. After that, fill out the declaration space on the form using block letters. Make sure to provide all the relevant information in that space.
I, [Your Full Name], residing at [Your Full Address], do hereby make oath and say as follows:
1. I am the parent/legal guardian of [Student’s Full Name], who is applying for financial aid through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
2. I am aware of the financial situation of my household, and I am providing this affidavit to confirm the following details:
a. My monthly income is approximately [Your Monthly Income] ZAR.
b. I have [Number of Dependents] dependents living in my household.
c. I am currently employed/self-employed as [Your Occupation].
d. I have attached copies of my recent bank statements and payslips as proof of my income.
3. I confirm that the information provided in the NSFAS application by [Student’s Full Name] is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
4. I understand that any false statements made in this affidavit or on the NSFAS application may lead to the rejection of the application and legal consequences.
5. I am aware of the importance of providing truthful and accurate information for the purpose of assessing my child’s eligibility for financial aid from NSFAS.
6. I hereby affix my signature to this affidavit on this [Date] day of [Month], [Year].
Sworn and subscribed before me on this [Date] day of [Month], [Year].
[Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths]
So, this was all from my side. I hope you found all this information very useful. Just make sure that you only use block letters when filling out the affidavit form. Plus, if your guardian or spouse or any other person is writing the affidavit for you, they must give your reference by name and ID number clearly while making the declaration.