Students Demand Allowances From NSFAS

Students at Tshwane University of Technology are demanding their allowances from NSFAS after having their accounts allegedly see no payments from the financial aid scheme for months. This then would cause problems to student livelihoods and put extra strain of them, especially now during this unprecedented time. 

Many students at Tshwane University of Technology have said that they have not received any monthly allowances from NSFAS for seven months. This allowances are what some students live on and not having the financial aid scheme pay definitely puts a lot of strain on student livelihoods.

These students are at the Soshanguve campus and live at both on and off-campus private accommodation. They also have had issues with accommodation as the University doesn't allow students to live at private residences which are unaccredited.

It has been said by the chairperson of management housing committee at the University's Soshanguve campus, Mahlatse Moloto, that since the beginning of the academic year, students who have been living at these residences which are not fully accredited have not received any allowances from NSFAS to pay accommodation fees.

This then obviously means that there are more students without accommodation or the means to pay for accommodation out of their own pockets. Students who are funded by NSFAS are already in positions where they are already not able to finance their studies and the costs that come with it.

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".

This then brought about a policy which said students should live in buildings accredited by the University and fill those and those who don't, haven't been paid any allowances. It was then decided that only when accredited accommodation spaces, including residences owned by the University and leased residences, are full then paying students who live on unaccredited residences will be considered.

Many have as a result asked for that policy to be reviewed because it doesn't serve students.

NSFAS' Administrator has said that throughout lockdown, the financial aid scheme has disbursed to more than 700,000 students on a regular basis. There have been some delays due to having to first get the money to universities and sent to students from there.

Dr Randall has emphasised that NSFAS does understand the hardship and difficulties students have and how important allowances are to support them. He has said, "students that don't get their allowances on time will have challenges".

At one of his campus visits to assess the readiness of Universities and Colleges to bring students and staff back, The Deputy Minister of Higher Education recognised these challenges 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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