NSFAS Wants To Improve Student Transport Allowance Administration



Thousands of students are eligible for the NSFAS transport allowance. However, challenges with the payment of these allowances could prevent students from attending classes regularly.



The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) aims to provide students with all the necessary financial support to complete their studies, including transportation. This allowance helps students attend classes without relying on personal funds to cover travel costs.

NSFAS provides comprehensive bursaries and student loans to deserving learners enrolled in approved courses at universities and TVET colleges. The funding not only includes money for tuition and registration fees but also includes several allowances for food and learning materials. 
Students who live too far to commute daily receive an accommodation allowance, while those living closer to campus can access a transport allowance.

NSFAS administrator, Freeman Nomvalo, recently revealed that consultations are underway with stakeholders, including students, regarding the accommodation allowance.

These discussions stem from past challenges with NSFAS allowance payments, which can have severe consequences for students. News reports detail private accommodation providers threatening eviction due to delayed NSFAS payments.

In May alone, over 7,000 students didn't receive their allowance on time, potentially leaving them without funds for food and basic necessities.

Similarly, delays in transport allowance payments could prevent students from attending classes due to unaffordable transportation costs. NSFAS acknowledges the negative impact of unpaid allowances on academic programs at universities and TVET colleges.

Nomvalo highlighted the connection between accommodation issues and student transportation, emphasising the potential disruption to teaching and learning if not addressed effectively.

Linked to the accommodation issue is the issue of student transportation which has the potential to adversely affect the stability of teaching and learning in the PSET system if not addressed adequately. 

To ensure a smooth academic experience, NSFAS is actively communicating with stakeholders to guarantee timely payments to transport providers and student access to transportation services. Discussions with transport providers are underway to establish a collaborative relationship that benefits all involved.


We have commenced consultation with transport providers to find a workable relationship with all stakeholders involved. 


Who Qualifies for a Transport Allowance?

Students residing with relatives (excluding private accommodation) are eligible for a R7,875 transport allowance. The structure differs slightly for students living 10 kilometers or further from campus. If the institution doesn't arrange transportation, these students qualify for a R7,718 allowance paid directly to them, allowing them to manage their travel costs independently.

However, in cases where the institution provides transport for students living 10 kilometers away, the allowance is directed to the institution instead.

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