NSFAS to disburse outstanding student allowances tomorrow

The National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it will start to disburse outstanding student allowances tomorrow. NSFAS has given the assurance that the dissolution of its Board will not affect its payment of allowances to students. This comes after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande put the scheme under administration and dissolved[…]

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SASCO wants NSFAS payments to be handled by universities

South African Students Congress (SASCO) has called for the cancellation of the National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS) direct payment system, which was introduced in 2022, involving four companies facilitating the payment of student allowances. It says the payment of allowances to students should be managed by NSFAS internally without a[…]

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OUTA calls for resignation of Higher Education Minister, following damning report

By Ragheema Mclean Last week, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) released an investigative report, accompanied by two leaked recordings, which claim that the Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, the National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) Board Chairperson, Ernest Khosa, as well as the South African Communist Party (SACP), received kickbacks.[…]

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“We are working tirelessly to resolve student allowance payment challenges” – says NSFAS

By Ragheema Mclean The funding provided by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a crucial component of the academic journey of millions of students across the country. However, challenges facing the scheme could be detrimental for vulnerable students. The government’s bursary scheme has once again received backlash from[…]

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NSFAS CEO fired over student payment irregularities

By Kouthar Sambo The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) board has dismissed the scheme’s CEO, Andile Nongogo, amidst a scandal involving R47-billion-rand in payments. This comes after an investigation uncovered several irregularities, including Nongogo’s selection of four companies to make direct payments to approximately 1.1 million students, bypassing the[…]

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NSFAS to investigate students’ complaints about its system

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says an investigation into students’ complaints will be conducted and where the allegations are proved to be true, appropriate action will be taken. It says service providers will be instructed to increase their presence at institutions of higher learning so that they can respond directly[…]

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SIU orders universities owing NSFAS to settle their debt

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has told higher education institutions owing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to immediately pay back the money. This comes as the University of Johannesburg (UJ) pays back NSFAS R311 million in unallocated funds for the period between 2016 to 2021. The money was[…]

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NSFAS increases living allowances for 2023 students

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will increase students’ living allowances by 10% for the 2023 academic year. The increase will be backdated to the beginning of the academic year, NSFAS spokesperson Maduvha Maseda said. “This follows the minister of higher education, science and innovation Blade Nzimande’s concurrence with[…]

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