The South African Union of Students (SAUS) has rejected the National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (Nsfas’) proposed funding tips that returning college students would wish to cross 75% of their modules as a way to proceed receiving funding in 2023 from the scheme.
The proposed tips had been offered by Nsfas on Monday throughout a meeting convened by the SAUS with scholar consultant councils (SRCs) throughout the nation.
The SAUS mentioned in an announcement it had famous the confusion created on Facebook and different social media platforms surrounding the proposed funding tips.
The tips embrace, amongst others, no increment on allowances and the standardisation of personal lodging allowances for Nsfas beneficiaries.
The union assured college students that it could not undertake any coverage or funding tips that sought to exclude college students from poor and working-class backgrounds.
Funding tips not closing
The union’s nationwide spokesperson Asive Dlanjwa mentioned the proposed funding tips weren’t closing.
“We must categorically state that the proposed guidelines as they were presented by Nsfas were rejected by the union,” Dlanjwa mentioned.
The SAUS mentioned the ultimate Nsfas tips could be printed after the meeting of all stakeholders is convened.
“As a result, the union resolved that all SRCS must make their own submissions to the secretary-general of SAUS and the union will consolidate the report and reconvene all stakeholders and engage on the guidelines.”
As issues stand, college students who’re South African residents or everlasting residents, who qualify for Nsfas funding, have to fall inside a number of of the under classes:
- South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant recipients. However, the Covid-19 grant doesn’t rely.
- Persons whose mixed family earnings just isn’t greater than R350,000 per year.
- Persons dwelling with disabilities with a mixed family earnings no more than R600,000 every year.
Nsfas funding is accessible for any of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET colleges.
Compiled by Thapelo Lekabe
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