NSFAS to settle registration costs for disadvantaged students

By Drum Digital
25 January 2017

Students waiting for NSFAS funding can still apply for college as government and Wits University agree to cover 8% of fees increase.

Wits students should feel at ease after the school made an agreement with the Department of Higher Education and Training and  National Student Financial Aid Scheme that the university will cover 8% of the fees increase.

“We have created other mechanisms, so we have a first-fee payment that you have to pay at the point of registration. If you don’t have the resources for that, you can sign an acknowledgment of debt. Students who have completed their courses but have less than R15 000 left to pay will be allowed to graduate,” Wits vice-chancellor told Adam Habib told Morning Live.

With around 6 000 first-year student to be admitted to the university, the online registration is said to be going smoothly on the online front.

The Higher Education Department will meet students halfway, whose households earn less than R600 000 annually.

Potential students who are still awaiting responses from NSFAS can still apply, alongside those who owe the funding scheme less than R10 000.

NSFAS will fund every poor student around all 26 universities with registration money which will cost R1.3bn. Any student who needs financial assistance can register and there is no pressure in paying for this month.

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