The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has reported that 18 640 students who applied for funding will not receive any money as their identities could not be verified by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
NSFAS revealed this during its appearance before the National Assembly committee on higher education, science and technology.
The student funding scheme reported that it had received 264 642 applications but was only able to approve 246 004 of them.
“The remaining 18640 applications cannot be verified against the Sassa database,” it said.
Most of the applicants were first-time students, African and female.
“Significant increase in the volume and spread of applicants coming from the most vulnerable cohort of society,” NSFAS said in reference to the social grant beneficiaries.
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has said that his department would streamline and expand new bursaries schemes in universities and TVET colleges.
“This year, we are providing R34.5billion through NSFAS to support students from poor and working- class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” Nzimande said.
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