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NMMU says large number of NSFAS-funded students haven't signed 2016 contracts

Feb 9, 2017
NMMU says large number of NSFAS-funded students haven't signed 2016 contracts

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Thursday said that it is "gravely concerned" by the large number of its NSFAS-funded students, who have not yet signed their 2016 contracts.

"Despite numerous communication and telephonic reminders to the students from last year until now, hundreds of 2016 loan agreement forms remain unsigned," the university said.

It, however, said that students who do not sign their loan agreement forms run the risk of:

  • Having their 2016 NSFAS funding revoked;
  • Having their 2017 NSFAS funding withdrawn

"Failure to sign the forms would then mean that students will be liable to pay their 2016 debt and incur the direct cost of their 2017 studies.

"While the University continues to try assist as many students as possible to access funding for their studies, it is the students’ responsibility to play an active part in ensuring that they do what is necessary to secure their funding," the NMMU said.

"We therefore call on all students who have not yet signed the loan agreement contract to urgently do so by clicking on the applicable box on the online form that can be accessed via the NSFAS website on http://www.nsfas.org.za/content/signyourlafsop.html.

"If students encounter problems signing the form online, they should go to the Financial Aid offices to do so."