All is not well at CPUT: Students at the Cape Town university face a delay in receiving their December Allowance from NSFAS – spelling disaster for many.
Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have voiced their anger on Tuesday, after those who qualify for NSFAS funds learned that their December Allowance may not be paid ‘until scheduled exams are completed’.
When will the December Allowance be paid to students?
CPUT’s attempts to bring clarity to the situation have only fuelled the flames of frustration further. The university says it is waiting on NSFAS to make the final decision on when to release funds – which may depend on their examination timetable:
“The Minister approved only the Living Allowance to be paid. Please note NSFAS is following internal approval processes and alignment with DHET so that communication is streamlined properly. In order to identify the students who will qualify for additional allowance, the Assessment & Graduation Centre must confirm the final result dates for all Faculties.”
“Exam information is provided to give an indication of the internal work done while waiting for the NSFAS guideline for speedy implementation. It is in this context that as the university we assure and request students to be patient while trying to expedite the additional allowances.”CPUT statement
NSFAS, CPUT feel the wrath of ‘worried students’
In emails seen by thesouthafrican, CPUT representatives have stated that they are awaiting guidance on who exactly is allowed to received a December Allowance, and how qualifying students must apply.
This is simply not good for an increasingly vocal collective at the university, who believe they are being exposed to ‘starvation’ if these funds are withheld further. The fear, and loathing, has developed at a rapid pace throughout the day: