NSFAS rejects 6 500 applications in Eastern Cape due to income disparities

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has rejected more than 6 500 prospective first year students in the Eastern Cape due to inconsistencies via information received from third parties, such as credit bureaus, regarding their household income.

“There were disparities on the total household income declared versus the credit check income verification,” said NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo to Dispatch Live.

According to the scheme it received 45 737 applications from Walter Sisulu University, The University of Fort Hare, Rhodes University and Nelson Mandela University, as well as  TVET colleges. Of those applications only 32 750 students qualified for funding this academic year, making the total of students approved to be 70 percent in the Eastern Cape.

“Students who want to dispute their funding outcomes because of change to household income or SASSA status may lodge an appeal and provide supporting documents to NSFAS to ensure that we consider their new household income details,” added Mamabolo.

Students who wish to appeal their outcomes have until the 8th March 2019 to do so.

[Source – Dispatch Live]

Nokulunga Xala

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