NSFAS takes a giant step towards eliminating funding-related problems

Zwane, wearing a baseball cap, talking to students in the presence of MUT Management

The problems that are associated with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) student support are likely to be a thing of the past. On 7 June 2018, NSFAS CEO Steven Zwane, explained to MUT’s Executive Management NSFAS’s plan to deal with the issues that led to problems in the last couple of years. Most of these were as a result of the Higher Education Institutions’ (HEI) processes and NSFAS’s not aligned. Zwane appealed to all HEIs to team-up with NSFAS to ensure that the teething issues were eliminated. Zwane said their main focus was to make sure that no student was inconvenienced, and that their systems would be geared to accommodate all students that apply on time, and those that he described as ‘walk-ins’ in the system, and also the students that register in the middle of the year since MUT has semester programmes. “In all of this we need institutions to work with us. The main aim is make sure that all the bottlenecks are cleared up so that there will be no interruptions in future,” he said. NSFAS also launched NSFAS Bursary Agreement (NBA). Zwane said he would like MUT students to be the first to sign the agreement with NSFAS. During the launch, NSFAS officials took the students through their paces so they would be familiar with the agreement form.