Here's Why You Haven't Received Your 2024 NSFAS Allowances Yet


NSFAS funding is a lifeline for many South African students. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme released a statement outlining important details regarding 2024 NSFAS allowance payments.


Are you facing a NSFAS allowance delay? The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provided an update which addresses the issue of non-payment of NSFAS allowances, providing valuable information for students.

NSFAS allowances for the 2024 academic year have officially started rolling out. This follows the successful submission of registration data by universities and TVET Colleges to NSFAS.

NSFAS released a statement which read:

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) paid the disbursements for University and TVET college students in respect of students for the 2024 academic cycle, against valid registration records received on the 15th March 2024 for TVET colleges and the 19th March 2024 for universities. 

If you're a qualifying NSFAS student, you can expect to receive your NSFAS allowance payment soon.

NSFAS Allowances For University Students

NSFAS funding is crucial for many students, and recent updates shed light on allowance payments and some university-related issues. NSFAS revealed it distributed over R2.3 billion for student allowances, divided as follows:

  • Tuition to universities: R1 258 865 972
  • Allowances via universities: R653 954 716
  • Direct student payments: R393 762 534

Universities need to submit student registration data to NSFAS for allowance processing. All universities complied except for the University of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch.

This submission is crucial for us to process payments for tuition and allowances. Institutions and the students are reminded that all subsequent disbursements will be based solely on the registration data received and processed successfully.

A significant error occurred during UJ's registration data upload, leading to incorrect allowance payments for students.

UJ accidentally uploaded the R3300 meal allowance instead of the full R16,500 allowance needed for the 2024 academic year. This resulted in a shortage for students which caused student dissatisfaction and protests.

The payment of allowances is not a manual process; rather, it is system-based. The NSFAS system processed the R3300 claimed assuming it was for annual allowances, and consequently divided it by 10, representing the 10 months from February to November 2024. 

To resolve the issue, UJ needs to investigate the cause, communicate with affected students, and make system corrections. NSFAS will then ensure their adjustment platform is ready to receive accurate allowance payments.

Students at UJ who received less than the full allowance amount may be impacted. However, UJ and NSFAS are said to be working on a solution.

There is a reputational risk associated with this incident. The NSFAS disbursement process might come under scrutiny and be blamed for UJ's error. Negative publicity can impact NSFAS's image and erode public trust in its operations.

NSFAS Allowances For TVET College Students

NSFAS also announced the distribution of over R511 million for student allowances at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges. Here's a breakdown of the NSFAS allowance payments:

  • Tuition: R147 115 846
  • TVET College Allowances: R34,831,311
  • NSFAS Card Allowances: R29,971,220 (This likely refers to allowances distributed directly to students via NSFAS cards)
  • Student Accommodation: R30,187,743 (This presumably covers payments made to accommodation providers on behalf of students)

For NSFAS allowances to be paid to students, TVET Colleges need to submit registration data. All but one TVET College submitted registration data. NSFAS is actively working with Lovedale TVET college to finalise the process and ensure timely access to allowances for their students.

NSFAS Accommodation Allowance Payments

NSFAS requires accommodation providers for both TVET colleges and universities to list all their student residents on the myNSFAS accommodation portal. This helps manage accommodation allowances.

This will ensure that the registration data submitted by institutions contains this critical information which will ultimately lead to the payments of Accommodation Providers which accommodates NSFAS students.

A significant portion of NSFAS allowances goes towards supporting students with accommodation costs. Over R702 million has been paid for student accommodation.

  • Breakdown by accommodation type:
    • Institutional residences (dorms operated by universities or colleges): R255 765 764
    • Private accommodation (off-campus housing): R436 732 491

TVET and university students receive their allowances on different days of the month. TVET College students receive NSFAS allowances on the 25th of each month whereas University students receive NSFAS allowances on the 30th of each month.

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