NSFAS fund­ing stopped for some

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZINGISA MVUMVU

WAL­TER Sisulu Uni­ver­sity has con­firmed that fund­ing has been cut for “a group” of NSFAS ben­e­fi­cia­ries at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Scores of stu­dents said their Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme monthly stipend al­lowances had not been paid for at least three months.

WSU said those af­fected were those who had not yet signed their NSFAS al­lowances agree­ments.

WSU spokes­woman Yonela Tuk­wayo said the stu­dents had been given five ex­ten­sions to sign their loan agree­ments.

“WSU has had to cut off the al­lowances of those stu­dents who have still not signed their loan agree­ment forms be­cause the uni­ver­sity can­not re­cover that money from NSFAS with­out the signed loan agree­ment forms,” she said.

How­ever, some stu­dents claimed they had signed the loan agree­ment forms but had still not re­ceived the al­lowance.

Oth­ers said they had asked with NSFAS and In­teliMali, which is the holder of the al­lowances, but both had sent them back to WSU.

One of the af­fected, who asked to be anony­mous for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion, said: “What is hap­pen­ing now is that we are be­ing sent from pil­lar to post, with NSFAS, In­teliMali and WSU each shift­ing blame to the other while we con­tinue to suf­fer be­cause our par­ents can­not af­ford, hence we ap­plied for NSFAS fund­ing in the first place.” But Tuk­wayo said: “WSU fa­cil­i­tates the sign­ing process but the sys­tem is man­aged by NSFAS, and we can­not set [a new] dead­line to open a sys­tem that is closed.

“Stu­dents were ad­vised to ap­proach NSFAS and fi­nan­cial aid of­fi­cers pro­vided feed­back to the stu­dents, which they were not happy with.” —

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