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Nzimande confirms change in institution or subject will not affect NSFAS funding

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Minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed that a change in institution or degree will not affect the funding of students who are already covered by NSFAS.

Minister Blade Nzimande took to Twitter on Thursday, 3 June 2021, to endorse a statement released by the state on a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)-related matter. The statement served to reiterate the words of the minister. He explained the conditions which govern the matter of higher education institutions and funding. According to the minister, a change in higher education institution or a change in choice of degree will not affect a student’s funding.

In providing the reason for this, the statement detailed the N+ rule. The statement noted, “In a statement on Wednesday, Nzimande said in terms of the criteria, continued funding for NSFAS beneficiaries is based on academic eligibility testing which includes the N+ rule.”

Adding, “N is the minimum qualification completion time, also known as regulation time, specified by the institution for a programme of study funded by NSFAS. N+1 applies to first-time entering students first registered after December 2017, whilst N+2 applies to students who first registered before January 2018.”

Therefore, a student can only be in contravention of the terms and conditions of their degree should they no longer meet the academic eligibility requirements, exceed their N+ time, or move between institutions without prior notice.

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Sabelo Makhubo
s.makhubo@politicalanalysis.co.za

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