DHET issues FAQs on the changes to NSFAS funding arrangement


Please see the attached document, which answers the questions being asked about the changes to NSFAS funding arrangements.
The President issued a statement on 16 December 2017 regarding “fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans”. The new bursary arrangements will be introduced over a five year period.
The response has been the introduction of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Bursary Scheme for poor and working class students to access studies at a public university.
The new DHET Bursary Scheme is one component of government’s response to sustained engagement within the higher education sector on the costs of higher and post-school education and training in South Africa, and is part of government’s response to the recommendations of the Heher Commission.
The announcement has implications for the funding of both continuing NSFAS qualifying university students and new first time entrants (FTEN) in 2018.
These implications are explained in the attached document in sections A and B. Section C deals with the 8% DHET 2018 Fee Adjustment Grant.
DHET FAQs on expanded NSFAS and bursary scheme Final 09-01-18.

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