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Students who are funded by NSFAS will very often have their complaints centre around NSFAS allowance delays. Now, NSFAS has said that they are working on a new NSFAS allowance disbursement model to improve inefficiencies at the financial aid scheme.


Reports have revealed that there are hundreds of thousands of students who don't actually exist who are having allowances and tuition fees being paid to them. If you constrast this with the issue of existing students still waiting for their first batch of NSFAS allowances to be paid, it would definitely cause frustration in many.


Despite currently experiencing a shortfall of funds to support first time entering students, NSFAS reportedly has an irregular expenditure of over R500 billion. Members of Parliament are now expressing their displeasure with the financial aid scheme and want answers.


A civil war seems to be raging at the student financial aid scheme with some staff supporting the Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen and others supporting their union's calls for him to be removed.  The battle moved from the picket outside the head office to parliament this week (virtually at least) as the portfolio committee sat through 5 hours of allegations and denials. 


The South African Students Congress wants NSFAS to make the household income criteria to be increased so that more students can qualify for funding. This comes as the missing middle was placed at the forefront as an issue in South Africa when NSFAS made the decision to unfund 5000 students.


NSFAS pulled the funding from 5000 students and the Minister of Higher Education has said that these students will have legal action taken against them. Nzimande says that everyone, even students, should be held accountable for corruption.


Parliament expressed concern that students still have not received the laptops they were promised by Government and that this could also be involved with an alleged interference in the process. However, NSFAS has responded to the concerns shown and laid out what they've been doing.


Allegations against the Higher Education Minister and the NSFAS Administrator have come to light and sees many, including students, wanting answers. These allegations deal with corruption within NSFAS and the Minister has since responded.

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