Students Demand Allowances From NSFAS

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Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) say they have not received any monthly allowances from NSFAS for seven months. The students are upset because they have not been able to cover their monthly expenses because of this.

Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) say they have not received any monthly allowances from NSFAS for seven months. The students are upset because they have not been able to cover their monthly expenses because of this.

NSFAS gives allowances to students to help them with their living expenses while they are in university. Before giving allowances, NSFAS considers the type of accommodation students live in and this is one of the factors that has negatively affected the students from TUT.

The students study at the Soshanguve campus and live at private and non-private accommodation. They have had problems with getting NSFAS allowances because some of them live at private residences which are not accredited by the university and NSFAS. 

Chairperson of management housing committee at the University's Soshanguve campus, Mahlatse Moloto, said students who live at non-accredited accommodation will not receive allowances from NSFAS to cover the accommodation fees.  

Moloto said, “Last year, there was a problem of accommodation and we had a protest and a consensus was reached that students who are not staying in university-owned residences and are staying with their landlords must submit a lease agreement to the university’s financial aid office and their accommodation allowances will be released".

Many have asked for the policy to be changed because it negatively affects students. 

NSFAS' Administrator, Dr Randall said that throughout lockdown, NSFAS has paid many students but there have been some delays as the money first has to go through universities before it reaches students.

At one of his campus visits, The Deputy Minister of Higher Education spoke about the challnges NSFAS students face and said, "there are still colleges faced with challenges and some students who have not been paid their allowances, and that is why we included NSFAS representatives on this visit to directly deal with those challenges.”

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