Students of the University of Johannesberg are struggle with outstanding debt, because the National Financial Aid Scheme is not paying their fees.
Final year students at UJ are sitting in over R200 000 of debt because, NSFAS is not paying their fees. They were all previously being funded by NSFAS and are confused by the current situation.
Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, did however state that returning students who are funded by NSFAS will remain funded, but this does not seem to be the case at UJ.
Students say that NSFAS failing to communicate with them doesn't help their case because, it leaves them no time to find alternative solutions. So the lack of communication from NSFAS seems to be a never ending problem for students.
Students have also not received allowance at all, making their lives extremely difficult. They are unable to pay their landlords and are stuck without food.
Being final year student with such a high amount of outstanding fees, they will not be able to graduate and move on to the next chapter of their lives, unless NSFAS pays.
UJ student says:
We signed and agreement that NSFAS to fund our entire degree, and now they are not paying.
Minister Nzimande says that, he is looking into the problem with the university, as well as with NSFAS to make sure the problem is resolved. However if these final year students do not receive their required funding, they will have to deregister and not graduate.