NSFAS delays add to registration week frustrations at Walter Sisulu University

JANUARY 20, 2015

Delays in communication relating to National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) bursaries have reportedly resulted in some first year students at the Walter Sisulu University being unable to register for their studies.

More than 6 000 first year students are expected to register at university’s campuses this week.

Frustrated students interviewed by the SABC at the Walter Sisulu University Buffalo City Campus in East London on Tuesday revealed that they were unable to register as NSFAS had not yet responded to their applications.

Chairperson of students' organisation, Lamla Sajini said; "NSFAS is closing today and some of the students have not received any information whether they are accepted or not.

“Another difficulty we face is getting accommodation for students who come far from outside the province. We pleaded with the management give us at least one block in the Berlin Campus so we could least accommodate everyone who’s a first year student."

However, the university said plans were in place to cater for students, who are unable to register as a result of NSFAS-related delays. 

Walter Sisulu University Spokesperson, Angela Church, said; "If there are any delays in the NSFAS allocation process registration, they will certainly continue beyond Friday, to make sure we get our full allocation of the 6 048 students."

While some have started with registration, some students and their parents were still trying to secure last minute admission.

Over 20 000 students applied at the Walter Sisulu University and the majority of them did not qualify for university admission. The university has advised them to look for placement in Technical Vocational Training Colleges.