Woman claims she is struggling financially due to NSFAS mistake

Woman claims she is struggling financially due to NSFAS mistake

- A woman, Nomhle Nyangiwe, claims that an NSFAS mistake has put her in a tough financial situation

- She says that they mistakenly told her that her studies were being funded when they were not

- Now she claims that UNISA has not responded to her concerns over the issue

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Nomhle Nyangiwe claims that NSFAS granted her a bursary to study an Honours in Social Studies through UNISA, only to later inform her that she had been awarded the bursary by mistake and that she would have to pay.

She says this is now putting immense pressure on her financially, as she is unemployed.

Nyangiwe says she has reached out to the UNISA ombudsman, but is still waiting for a response.

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Nomble is in her 50s and has two daughters who are also currently studying. She says she does not know how she will be able to support the family as well as pay off all their university fees. 

This is the latest in several complaints relating to UNISA and NSFAS.

For example, other students have claimed that they did not receive as much money from NSFAS as they were told they would receive, and that in some cases their textbook allowances were smaller than usual.

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One of these students told Briefly.co.za that the issues began when the NSFAS changed its disbursement model. Rather than paying students out directly, they reportedly now pay the money to UNISA, which then disburses the funds to students.

As a result, some students claim to be struggling.

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However, Nomhle said she is not giving up hope despite her situation, adding that she was taking the matter into her own hands.

"I don't want to fold my arms and wait for employment that might never come," she said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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