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Students Fear Technical Glitches Will Delay NSFAS 2024 Applications



Students Fear Technical Glitches Will Delay Nsfas 2024 Applications

Students Fear Technical Glitches Will Delay NSFAS 2024 Applications. The shortened bursary application period for 2024 is expected to pose challenges to thousands of students applying for National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Student Union Calls for Prompt NSFAS Applications

Students from the South African Union of Students (SAUS) are encouraged to submit their NSFAS bursary applications, but are concerned about the application deadline of December 31, 2024.

Technical Issues and Website Congestion Worries SAUS

Despite the delay in opening NSFAS applications, SAUS spokesperson Asive Dlanjwa expressed concerns about website congestion and technical glitches.

User-Friendliness Issues and System Regression

Compared to last year’s application process, Dlanjwa points to a decline in user-friendliness of the current NSFAS system.

Language Barriers Complicate Application Process

Students’ ability to navigate the application process effectively may be hindered by the language barrier, concerns are raised about it.


Discrepancies Between Minister Statements and Student Realities

There is a disconnect between the statements made by Blade Nzimande as Minister of Higher Education and the student’s experiences.

Unresolved Issues from 2023 Impact NSFAS Criticism

A number of issues remain unresolved from the previous academic year, including defunding, delays in allowance payments, and corruption challenges.

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Financial Hardship and Academic Consequences for Defunded Students

In Dlanjwa view, students experiencing financial hardship due to delayed NSFAS payments may suffer academic consequences, potentially losing funding and having difficulty completing exams.

Frustration Over Minister Handling of NSFAS Issues

The SAUS expresses frustration with Minister Nzimande perceived indecision in addressing critical issues such as bank charges and corrupt service providers.

Urgent Appeals for Timely Resolutions to Avoid Academic Disruptions

In order to prevent a chaotic start to the academic year and to ensure that students receive the financial support they need, Dlanjwa states that NSFAS issues must be resolved.



The 2024 NSFAS application process faces challenges, from technical glitches to unresolved issues, raising concerns about student welfare. Urgent action is needed to address these issues and ensure a smooth academic journey for all deserving students.

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