The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has made R1.4 billion available upfront for varsities to help qualifying students who cannot afford registration fees.
A task team set up by the Presidency recommended that government make R4.5 billion available to help more than 70 000 students in 2016.
NSFAS spokesperson, Kagisho Mamabolo said that the scheme has provided funding to institutions for them to calculate their allocations in the face of the shortfall from the 0% fee increase.
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We will provide a student a maximum of R71 800 to cover tuition fees, accommodation, meals, books and travel allowance.— Kagisho Mamabolo, Spokesperson for NSFAS
NSFAS funds more than 50% of the student population in the country.— Kagisho Mamabolo, Spokesperson for NSFAS
The funding that government has ensured, as a temporary solution, will assist us a great deal.— Kagisho Mamabolo, Spokesperson for NSFAS