NSFAS Addresses Delay In NSFAS Allowance Payments

Many students across the country have complained that NSFAS has not been paying their allowances. The financial aid scheme has now explained why this is happening and what will happen.



NSFAS has now addressed those NSFAS allowance payment delays students have been complaining about. With it being the beginning of the year, students are supposed to be receiving the learning materials or book allowances and many have said that they haven't.

NSFAS spokesperson, Kagisho Mamabolo, said that reasons behind these delays could be:

  • Incomplete submissions of documents
    • You can upload these through myNSFAS
    • Should you have uploaded the documents and have still not received allowances, you will then need to contact NSFAS
  • Switching of institutions
  • Delay in registration data being received from institution
    • NSFAS receives a list of registered students from the University who have been approved from NSFAS

Mamabolo also explained, "You will find that during their application process they will indicate multiple institutions and when registration closes all these universities they qualifying in, send confirmation that the student is on their campus which is impossible to have one student in multiple institutions."

NSFAS has said that they have released the funds to the Universities and that is then up to the Universities to distribute them.

NSFAS beneficiaries receive a learning material allowance once a year, generally at the beginning of the year. This allowance comes to a total of R5200 which students are advised to use to buy laptops, tablets, books, stationery or anything else they need for their course.

Other allowances such as those for accommodation, transport, living and personal expenses are also being delayed.

Some students have also seen that their application status has not changed on the website.

NSFAS has received almost a million applications for this year with 700 000 of them being accepted.

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