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Applications For NSFAS 2024 Are Now Being Accepted

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Applications For NSFAS 2024 Are Now Being Accepted

Applications For NSFAS 2024 Are Now Being Accepted. NSFAS applications for 2024 are closing soon with nearly 2 million submissions. Rejected applicants have the option to appeal within 30 days, potentially changing their status from rejection to approval.

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How to Submit a NSFAS Appeal

  • Visit the my NSFAS website.
  • Log in to your my NSFAS account.
  • Click on ‘Track Funding Progress.’
  • Check application progress tabs.
  • If unsuccessful, click ‘Submit Appeal Tab.’
  • Select appeal reason and upload supporting documents.
  • Click ‘Submit Appeal.’

Application Status

  • 967,303 provisionally funded
  • 779,769 Sassa beneficiaries automatically approved
  • 191,493 non-Sassa applicants funded

Concerns and Response

Many applicants report no response or stuck statuses. Deputy Minister Manamela assures actions to expedite responses, urging submission of consent forms to verify household incomes.

NSFAS Consent Form

All applicants must submit a consent form for 2024 NSFAS bursary. Failure to do so may delay funding confirmation. Exceptions are made for Sassa beneficiaries.

Conclusion

With the approaching deadline, applicants should monitor their application status and promptly submit appeals if necessary. Submission of the consent form is crucial for timely processing of funding.

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How NSFAS Allowances Paid To Students

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How NSFAS Allowances Paid To Students

How NSFAS Allowances Paid To Students. More than one million students in South Africa benefit from comprehensive bursaries provided by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Despite this support, student unions, particularly the South African Students Congress (SASCO), have expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the current funding system and have called for improvements.

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Challenges Faced by Students

In 2023, NSFAS funded over a million students enrolled in approved courses at universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. However, the scheme faced challenges in effectively assisting the poor and working-class students due to several issues. These challenges were partly attributed to the implementation of a direct allowance payment system, which led to irregularities and necessitated “consequence management.”

Controversy Over Allowance Distribution

The direct payment system, introduced in 2022, involved four companies handling student allowance payments. However, an investigation revealed potential conflicts of interest, leading to the dismissal of NSFAS CEO Andile Nongogo and termination of contracts with the service providers. Despite this, in 2024, NSFAS required students to register with these same companies for allowance distribution, drawing criticism from SASCO.

SASCO Criticisms and Demands

SASCO has accused the NSFAS Board of hypocrisy for reinstating allegedly irregular service providers. They argue that the current system exploits students, leading to delays, inefficiency, and unnecessary charges. SASCO calls for the implementation of recommendations from the Werksmans report, including terminating contracts with the companies.

Accommodation Crisis

SASCO also criticizes NSFAS for its indecisiveness in addressing the student accommodation crisis. While NSFAS launched an accommodation portal in 2022, SASCO argues that NSFAS has not taken practical steps to increase bed spaces in higher learning institutions and TVET Colleges. They demand immediate action to improve student living conditions.

Conclusion

The current NSFAS funding system faces criticism from student unions like SASCO, who call for more transparency, efficiency, and student-centered approaches. The ongoing controversies highlight the need for NSFAS to address these concerns promptly to ensure that students receive the support they need to succeed in their studies.

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