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NSFAS to Resolve Registration Fees Issue Before Deadline

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NSFAS to Resolve Registration Fees Issue Before Deadline

NSFAS to Resolve Registration Fees Issue Before Deadline. As the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) closes its bursary applications, the South African Students Congress (Sasco) is calling for swift resolutions to registration fees and accommodation accreditation issues that are affecting students. The looming deadline has sparked concerns, prompting Deputy Minister Buti Manamela to address students through social media, emphasizing the importance of timely submissions.

Current NSFAS Status

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela highlighted that NSFAS is currently providing financial support to over 1.4 million students across public universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. He urged prospective students to submit their applications before the closing date and outlined the eligibility criteria for applicants, including those in grades 10, 11, or 12 with a household income below R350,000.

Application Process

To facilitate the application process, Manamela directed students to visit www.nsfas.org.za and create a user profile under myNSFAS. Stressing the simplicity of the process, he mentioned that all that is required is a cellphone or computer with internet access and an email address. Notably, Sassa beneficiaries are granted swift approval.

Challenges Faced by Sasco

However, Sasco has labeled the current application period as problematic, citing issues arising from universities’ decisions not to cover students’ registration fees until they receive payment from NSFAS. This has led to uncertainty among students, as failure to pay the registration fee, ranging from R5,000 to R10,000, may result in the loss of reserved spots.

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Sasco Perspective

Yandisa Mhlelembana from Sasco in Gauteng highlighted the dilemma faced by many students who, despite having NSFAS funding, are unsure if they will secure study spots due to potential delays in payments to universities. Sasco attributes the conflict between universities and NSFAS to disputes over direct payments and the centralization of student accommodation accreditation. Universities advocate for the accreditation process to occur at the institutional level rather than through NSFAS.

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Negotiation Efforts

To address this challenging situation, Sasco has expressed its intention to engage with university finance departments to negotiate on behalf of NSFAS-approved students, advocating for their right to register and secure their study positions.

Cautionary Notes

In the midst of these challenges, Deputy Minister Buti Manamela issued a caution against fraudulent activities, advising applicants to be vigilant against fake websites and individuals claiming to expedite applications in exchange for money. This warning emphasizes the need for students to rely solely on the official NSFAS platform for their applications.

Conclusion

As the deadline for NSFAS applications approaches, the collaboration between Sasco, universities, and NSFAS becomes crucial in ensuring that students are not adversely affected by registration fee uncertainties. The ongoing negotiations and advocacy efforts by Sasco reflect a commitment to resolving these challenges and safeguarding the educational aspirations of South African students.

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