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To: University of Western Cape Financial Aid Office

Assist Students Depending on NSFAS

Assist Students Depending on NSFAS

Assist qualifying students who depend on NSFAS finalise their registration for the 2017 academic year.

Why is this important?

The University of the Western Cape Financial aid office is deliberately declining NSFAS funding for senior students who have passed 50% or more of their 2016 modules. According to NSFAS website and press releases, all students who were funded in 2016 and have passed 50% or more of their 2016 modules qualify for funding. The University of the Western Cape is saying otherwise.

On 6 February 2017 Universities South Africa (USAf) issued a statement saying "students at all universities may be assured that notwithstanding the challenges experienced by NSFAS, the vast majority of students who qualify for grants will be able to register this week if they have not already done so." Fast forward to 21 March 2017 and there are confirmed cases of students at the University of Western Cape (UWC) and Durban University of technology (DUT) who are yet to register despite meeting the criteria to qualify for NSFAS.

According to a commitment made by NSFAS in 2017, all first-entry students who have applied for financial aid and who come from Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools (least privileged schools) and / or where family income is dependent upon a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant, qualify for financial aid. These students may, with minimal risk to universities, be admitted to the study programme for which they qualify (subject to availability of space), and also to a place of residence (subject to capacity considerations).

With regard to returning students, NSFAS has undertaken to support in 2017, all students who:
* Received financial aid in 2016;
* Satisfied the 50% module pass requirement;
* Satisfy the N+2 completion requirement; and
* Have signed their 2016 NSFAS loan agreement forms.

Reasons for signing

  • Every young person of South Africa, has the right to education.
  • I am still waiting for a response from NSFAS! It's end of March, tests and assignments are commencing and the university as well as NSFAS has absolutely no answer regarding a what will happen to us who are not registered.. Everytime I go to the university or NSFAS for a answers and assistance no one is willing to help. How is it expected that students should continue with the academic year when the university and NSFAS aren't addressing the issue or coming up with a solution.
  • I went to varsity for a year BT could not continue and had to drop out. I paid back all the money within a few years but now my sister has to struggle with clearance and we have to hustle to buy her books aS NSFAS REFUSED to pay her tuition for a year and all the money she gets goes to paying the previous years fees. She doesn't even receive food vouchers, only got it in her 1st year. Which she passed.


2017-03-27 17:56:53 +0200

100 signatures reached

2017-03-24 17:42:43 +0200

50 signatures reached

2017-03-24 15:12:25 +0200

25 signatures reached

2017-03-24 14:14:04 +0200

10 signatures reached