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Student Aid: 26 universities get R1.3B for registration of poor students in South Africa


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on Tuesday, announced
that 26 universities have been given R1.3bn for the registration fees of
students who need financial assistance in the 2017 academic year.
The financial aid is said to have covered over 160 000 students at the
respective universities.

Speaking on the funding, NSFAS spokesperson,  Kagiso
Mamabolo said some students who would be returning to school this year
will no longer have worries about how to pay their school fees.

‘Students who go back to university this year have nothing to worry
about. They were financed in 2016 and will automatically qualify for
money again in 2017 without applying if they signed a letter of
agreement for financial aid and passed at least 50% of their module. 
We expect our students to be treated fairly and that they will not be
discriminated against because of their background. We are approving more
applications every day and expect to complete the process by January
27.’

NSFAS is a loan and bursary scheme funded by the department of higher
education and training for students who do not have the financial means
to fund their studies.

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