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Students are growing tired of the issues and inefficiencies presented to them due to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. One such issue is NSFAS’ move to no longer fund postgrad degrees with the Wits SRC saying students are now in a worse position with NSFAS than they were before.

 


Early this year, students started hearing that their postgraduate studies won't be funded as they thought they would after NSFAS said that they no longer fund postgrad qualifications. This obviously left many students with little to no options.


Wits' Student Representative Council has announced that the University has agreed to pay the fees of LLB students who were hurt by NSFAS' decision to no longer fund the qualification. NSFAS made the decision early this year that they would no longer be funding postgraduate qualifications.


With NSFAS having released funding decisions for 2021, the Minister of Higher Education has now taken it upon himself to congratulate those who were successful in applying for the NSFAS bursary.


Due to NSFAS having insufficient funds earlier this year, they then had to reallocate funds within the department. Unfortunately, this has now lead to other areas of the department facing the consequences.


The issue of postgrad funding has been a major issue for a while now and NSFAS has added fuel to that fire. NSFAS has said that they will not fund any postgrad qualifications anymore as there are not enough resources available to do so.


The issue of missing middle funding, along with postgraduate funding, is ongoing. The Minister of Higher Education is now pushing for NSFAS to introduce a loan scheme to support these categories of students.

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