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By unknown | Jan 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

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Millions of rands are allocated by the government and the private sector to tertiary educational institutions every year for tuition fees - but thousands of young people sit at home after passing matric because they can't finance their studies.

The National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says young people can have a slice of the cake by applying to any tertiary institution .

"We give universities and colleges money every year to educate as many people as possible," said Xolani Gobelo, head of NSFAS communications.

Prospective students "should know that there is a financial-aid office at every tertiary educational institution and that is where they will find help".

The money given to tertiary educational institutions adds up to billions of rands a year.

"We don't give the same amount of money to every institution. We give money based on a formula that takes account of the number of black, coloured, Indian and white students at a university or college," said Gobelo.

"Institutions with more black students will receive more money.

"We also consider previously disadvantaged institutions," he said.

A means test is used to allocate money to students.

"Students have to qualify to receive help from us," said an official at Rhodes University.

"They have to prove that they are indeed needy."

Students who apply for help from tertiary institutions must produce their IDs, their parents' IDs, proof of income or an affidavit stating that there is no regular income at home.

"Academic potential is also taken into consideration," said the Rhodes official.

Gobelo said students were encouraged to repay their study grant after they had qualified so that more young people could be be educated.


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