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Court Rejects Attempt To Block NSFAS

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Court Rejects Attempt To Block NSFAS

Court Rejects Attempt To Block NSFAS. In a significant ruling, the Western Cape Division of the High Court dismissed an application by Ezaga Holdings, one of the service providers disbursing allowances for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). This decision allows NSFAS to proceed with its plans to review and potentially terminate its contract with Ezaga Holdings, in line with recommendations from an investigation.

Background Of The Case

Ezaga Holdings sought an interim order to prevent NSFAS from implementing the recommendations of the Werksman’s Report. This report reviewed the appointment of direct payment service providers responsible for disbursing allowances to NSFAS beneficiaries. Ezaga aimed to halt any actions by NSFAS until a final decision on their contract review was made.

Court Decision

On 12 June 2024, the court ruled there was no urgency in Ezaga’s application, dismissing it with costs. The court’s decision was influenced by the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) successful application to join the matter as a respondent. Both the SIU and NSFAS argued that Ezaga’s application lacked urgency, leading to its dismissal.

Implications Of The Ruling

The court’s decision is a significant win for NSFAS and the SIU. It allows for the continuation of their efforts to implement investigation outcomes and enhance controls within the public procurement process. The ruling also clears the path for NSFAS to take necessary steps to correct any wrongdoings identified in the procurement process.

Response From Other Parties

Noracco Corporation, another service provider involved in disbursing allowances to NSFAS beneficiaries, was also cited as a respondent in the case. Noracco filed a counter-application supporting Ezaga Holdings, but this too was dismissed with costs. The joint statement by the SIU and NSFAS emphasized the importance of this ruling in maintaining the integrity and accountability of the NSFAS disbursement process.

Conclusion

The High Court’s decision to dismiss Ezaga Holdings’ application marks a pivotal moment for NSFAS. It reinforces the commitment to transparency and accountability in managing public funds, ensuring that any identified irregularities are addressed promptly and effectively.

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Must You Reapply For NSFAS When Transitioning From University To TVET College?

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Must You Reapply For NSFAS When Transitioning From University To TVET College?

Must You Reapply For NSFAS When Transitioning From University To TVET College? The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a comprehensive financial aid program designed to assist students in pursuing higher education at public universities and TVET Colleges in South Africa. If you’re transferring from one type of institution to another, you might wonder about the implications for your NSFAS funding.

Transitioning From University to TVET College

Are you aiming for a rewarding career but find that traditional university education isn’t the right fit for you? NSFAS can help you realize your goals by providing funding for TVET Colleges. This support can turn your passion into reality by covering essential educational expenses.

What NSFAS Covers

NSFAS offers bursaries and loans to cover the costs of:

  • Tuition
  • Registration
  • Essential living expenses (accommodation, transportation, etc.)

Do You Need To Reapply for NSFAS?

If you are transitioning from a university to a TVET College, it is crucial to understand the NSFAS policy on reapplication. According to the NSFAS Eligibility Criteria and Conditions for Financial Aid:

“Students who change institution types (i.e., shift from TVET College to University or vice versa) must re-apply for funding”.

This means that if you are moving from a university to a TVET College, you will need to reapply for NSFAS funding. It’s also important to note that NSFAS only funds students pursuing their first certificate or undergraduate qualification.

How to Apply for NSFAS

Step 1: Create A MyNSFAS Account

  1. If you already have a myNSFAS account, click on ‘login’ at the myNSFAS portal and complete your information.
  2. If you don’t have a myNSFAS account, click on ‘Create account’ and follow the prompts to set up your account.

Step 2: Log Into Your myNSFAS Account

  1. Use your login details to access your myNSFAS account.

Step 3: Complete The Application

  1. Click on ‘Apply’.
  2. Answer the questions displayed on the screen.
  3. If necessary, upload any supporting documents (often, this step is not required).
  4. Click on ‘Submit’.

Step 4: Receive Your Application Reference Number

After submitting your application, you will receive an application reference number. Keep this number safe for future reference.

NSFAS Funding Eligibility

NSFAS provides funding to students from poor and working-class backgrounds who are studying towards a qualification at one of the 26 public universities or 50 TVET Colleges.

Conclusion

Transitioning from a university to a TVET College can be a significant step in your educational journey. While this move requires reapplying for NSFAS funding, the process is straightforward and ensures that you continue to receive the financial support needed to achieve your educational and career goals.

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