Tuesday, 05 April 2022 10:52

Government-funded financial aid scheme to release funds to institutions.

Staff Reporter.

University of Johannesburg students Miracle Khosi (left) and Neo Kometsi (right) believe it’s unfair that classes started without students having financial access to books and food due to delays in NSFAS payments. They joined dozens of students to picket on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Julia Evans.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will start processing payments to institutions and paying student allowances from Friday, 08 April 2022.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, NSFAS confirmed that it has received the first tranche of its budgetary allocation for the first quarter of the financial year.

"An official communication has been sent to all institutions on the allowance payment process. The institutions that have complied with the 2022 approved NSFAS Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Financial Aid will receive payment from NSFAS.

"The communique from NSFAS further requests institutions to abide by the funding rules set out in the NSFAS Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Financial Aid, when disbursing funding to students, "NSFAS said.

You qualify to apply for a bursary if:

  • You are a South African citizen;
  • Your combined annual household income does not exceed R350 000 per annum;
  • You are a SASSA grant recipient;
  • You are registering for the first time for an undergraduate qualification at a public university or you are registered at a TVET college for one of the National Certificate Vocational or report 191 programme;
  • You are applying to study at a public university or TVET college for a qualification;
  • You are an already registered university student with an annual household income of less than R122 000 per year;
  • You have passed Grade 9 and 10 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a TVET college;
  • You have passed Grade 12 to receive NSFAS funding to study at a university.

Meanwhile angry students were up in arms over allowances and accommodation issues at the main campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein.

One of the students, who wished to remain anonymous, the protest is based on matters of book and meal allowances. He alleges the institution has not come out to ensure students, who are able to receive those, as the institution is still awaiting NSFAS which is also waiting for Treasury to release funds. He says that the situation is bad as students are currently protesting. 

The institution has called the police to deal with students who are currently protesting. He further adds police have allegedly shot two students with stun grenades.