Last Chance To Register at NMU

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Nelson Mandela University students have been up in arms with university management about registration and accommodation issues. This has lead to delays in processing and academics. NMU has entended their registration, as well as the extension for concession applications. 

Students were protesting in February against the university's procedures for registration clearance and a lack of accommodation, both being issues many universities have recently protested about. Students were demanding free registration as students were financially incapable of paying historic debt and registration fees.

NMU released a statement on the 28th of February which said, "The University, through continuous engagement with the Student Representative Council, has been working on addressing a variety of challenges typically affecting students at the beginning of the year. Notable progress has been made in that regard, resulting in more students being able to register. While there are some challenges that remain, work is continuously under way towards addressing these, in line with the University’s commitment to access for success."

Students have until the 13th of March to register. This allows students who are still waiting for a response from NSFAS on appeals to register. As at Friday, 28 February 2020, a total 27 546 students have successfully registered. 

The statement also read, "500 financial aid appeals have been approved. The University has also extended the period in which students can apply for the institutional concessions. These include the rollover of student debt and the down-payment exemption – which enables a student to proceed to registration without making the upfront payment, and pay it off in the course of the year", if these students meet the criteria. 

NMU has also made improvements with connectivity, laptops for students, student housing and transport for students and will continue taking further steps to improve resources available for students. 

 

 

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