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Public Hearing Into Feasibility of Free Education

The Fees Commission of Inquiry looking into the feasibility of free tertiary education will resume with its public hearings on 22 August 2016 at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga.

The Council on Higher Education, which has recommended a six percent tuition fee hike for next year, and South African Students Congress which has vowed to oppose any tuition fee increase, are expected to make submissions.

NSFAS Funding Applications Go Online

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is from now on taking online applications from returning and prospective students at universities for the 2017 academic year.
NSFAS spokesperson, Kagiso Mamabolo, says the scheme is introducing the new student-centric model to all universities next year.
With this model, Mamabolo says students would not be required to apply annually - once the students had been offered funding after their first application, “the student will be funded till the end of their studies.”

NFSAS to Benefit University and TVET Colleges

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande‚ speaking amidst a resumption of #FeesMustFall protests‚ confirmed that university students who meet the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) means test will not pay upfront payments when registering for the 2016 academic year.

Nzimande told a press briefing that his Department is committed to realising South Africans’ right to Higher Education and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

NSFAS to Fund 405 000 Students in 2016

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it plans to fund 405 000 students in 2016 alone.

NFSAS executive officer, Msulwana Daca, says they are committed to building “a robust and strong administrative system to give money to the students who are really in need.”

Close to R10 billion will be spent by NSFAS to assist students in 2016 and part of this amount, R1.4 billion, will be made available upfront for universities to help qualifying students who cannot afford registration fees.

Learning Through Doing: Lessons from a Review of DGMT’s Bursary Partners

In 2012, the DG Murray Trust commissioned an independent review of 7 of our 8 long-term bursary partners.  The following summary, written by the independent reviewer, Andrew Hartnack, gives a glimpse into the key findings of that review and its implications for this sector.  

Higher Education Institutions Owed R2.8bn

South Africa’s higher education institutions are owed R2.8 billion in unpaid fees. This is according to Higher Education of South Africa (HESA), which aims to collect all outstanding fees.

HESA CEO, Cleo Bhengu, points out that, “At the end of last year Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, wrote a letter to all institutions asking about the consultation process. Most institutions have consulted student’s bodies.”

Nzimande Scraps Registration Fees for Poor Students

Higher education minister, Blade Nzimande, has announced that poor students no longer need to pay registration fees at university.

Nzimande says that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will cover all expenses for poor students who qualify, adding that the issue of registration fees has claimed many careers.

The Department of Higher Education plans to double enrolment at colleges and universities in the next five years and to also increase success rates at these institutions.

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