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Students react to NSFAS 20k pay out of unfinalized allowances for 2023

Disgruntled students have reacted to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) confirmation that there are 20 000 allowances which are yet to be concluded from the past year.

PURPOSE OF THE NSFAS END-YEAR MEETING

On 31 December 2023, the NSFAS Board met in its extra-ordinary meeting, to consider reports from the NSFAS management on various issues which included amongst others, the final disbursement of the 2023 allowances, NSFAS budget adjustment, the Loan Scheme, the NSFAS Accommodation pilot project; the NSFAS 2024 programme of action and the formation of the Rapid Response Team in preparation for the 2024 academic year.

The NSFAS Board reported that it disbursed about 234,124 students’ allowances from the 5th December 2023, as part of the reconciled final disbursements for the 2023 academic year.

This exercise was done to disburse the final allowances to students whose allowances were not concluded due to changes in their registration data.

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UNPAID ALLOWANCES BY THE STUDENT AID SCHEME

However, the Board also confirmed the 20 000 allowances are in the process of being paid out,.

“These unresolved cases of disbursements require further input and consultation with institutions.”

NSFAS Board

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The NSFAS Board cited that is determined to conclude all the outstanding 2023 disbursements by the 15th of January 2024, in consultation with the affected institutions.

“This will ensure that the 2023 bursary allowances do not affect the returning students for the academic 2024,” the financial aid scheme said.

THOUGHTS BY THE STUDENTS

Aggrieved students had their say on the crisis, with most blaming the ruling government for such hiccups.

Harry Makgapheetxa said, “Just process our status/ applications. We’ve been stuck on same thing for years and months. Awaiting academic results and awaiting evaluation are serious challenges”.

Solly Morolong asked, “They must come up with something concrete and sustainable. This thing of covering certain courses and not other courses is not on. Who should pay for those courses that they don’t cover?”

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Oratile Poane said, “Remember to register to vote.. Otherwise we’ll be begging again to be funded”.

Sibahle Nxumalo said, “We really need to vote wisely this year, this is unacceptable”.

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