UNISA students claim NSFAS has only paid them R2500 for textbooks

UNISA students claim NSFAS has only paid them R2500 for textbooks

- UNISA students say they have only receive half of what they were promised for their textbook allowance

- This follows NSFAS changing its system for distributing the funds

- NSFAS reportedly gave the money to UNISA to then disburse to students

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UNISA students are unhappy after they allegedly received half of what they usually get from NSFAS for textbook allowances.

Traditionally, NSFAS has handed out R500 per module for a total of R5000.

However, students claim that this year they only received R2500.

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This comes after NSFAS changed its system for distributing the funds. Previously, NSFAS would give the allowance directly to students. This year, however, the money was given to UNISA to then distribute. 

Additionally, a student (who wished to remain anonymous) has claimed that there have been several issues with textbook allowances.

She says that last year many students only received their textbook allowances in the second semester, meaning that in the first semester they either had to find the money elsewhere or struggle without their books. 

She added that students had only received R2500 this year for textbooks, which meant they were unable to purchase all of their required textbooks.

Students also expressed disappointment with the allowances on social media, with one user asking, "How are we suppose to write exams on April if we not yet paid by our institution?" 

Similarly, students at Buffalo City Technical Vocational Education Training College have been boycotting classes for the last two weeks over claims that NSFAS has failed to pay out their allowances.

The students claim to have received no money since the start of the academic year, despite being promised R1950.

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NSFAS said that UNISA would begin the disbursement of funds today.

Briefly.co.za has reached out to both NSFAS and UNISA for comment, but at this time has not yet received a reply.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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