Nsfas responds to dispute claims

2015-10-15 06:00

FOLLOWING the recent report in Echo that three Technical Vocational and Training Colleges (TVET) had been shut down after students raised concern about transport money which the National Student Financial Aid Scheme had not been giving students living outside campus residence for the past three months, Nsfas has disputed the claims.

Nsfas spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said: “Nsfas makes funding allocations to all universities and TVET colleges, including Umgungundlovu TVET College according to prescribed guidelines approved by the board and the Department of Higher Education and Training. “Once the institutions get allocations, it is their responsibility to make funding available to students in line with Nsfas guidelines. The institutions are required, according to the guidelines, to make sure that they spend 80% of the Nsfas allocation on tuition and 20% on allowances. The allowance portion is also subject to the availability of funding.

“Should the demand for the tuition be more than the available 80% portion of the allocation, the institution might not pay allowances. The decision to pay allowances or not lies with the institution management, not Nsfas.

“The principle though, is that when a student signs for a certain amount for allowances, such an amount should be paid accordingly. Allowances for each student differ based on the student’s needs as determined by a means test. Accommodation and travel allowance must be awarded in an accountable manner.”

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