UJ will continue to assist students with NSFAS top-up

A picture of graduation cap on money Picture Credit: Thinkstock
A picture of graduation cap on money Picture Credit: Thinkstock

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) recognises that many students cannot afford university fees and will thus continue to support many of them through the top-up to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to the value of R20 million‚ UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg says.

He said the university would also continue to provide financial support to students in the so-called “missing middle” – students who do not qualify for NSFAS‚ but whose family income is insufficient to finance their studies through loans.

In addition‚ UJ would also continue to support many students through the provision of two meals-a-day to 3‚500 financially needy students.

“This year‚ by means of the additional UJ top-up fund of R20 million‚ we are able to support all 10‚013 NSFAS-qualifying students. Further‚ with the additional R20 million UJ SRC Trust Fund made available from our operating budget‚ we were able to assist 5‚000 students from the ‘missing middle’ with registration fees.

“The University is also presently engaged in an external funding drive to help fund the tuition shortfall of students of this missing middle‚ and thus far we have already raised R31m. All these efforts demonstrate that UJ cares‚” Prof Rensburg added.

Prof Rensburg said the university’s ambition‚ which was grounded in carefully fashioned strategies‚ was to achieve global greatness for an inclusive and sustainable future.

“And greatness does not imply that UJ should be the preserve of the privileged only‚ but should be enjoyed by all deserving citizens. We continue to welcome students from all classes and backgrounds‚ to uplift those who have struggled‚ and to make a major contribution to creating a more just‚ equitable and fair South Africa.

“Our commitment to making excellent educational resources available to a diverse body of students is a proud cornerstone of the strategy of the University.

“Indeed‚ UJ enrols into its first year undergraduate programmes‚ close to 28% of students who come from the poorest schools in our nation‚ and about 60% of our graduates are first generation university graduates. At UJ‚ everything we do is infused with excellence‚” Prof Rensburg said.

Such was the high regard that students had for UJ‚ he added‚ that there was now considerable pressure to increase enrolments. By the end of 2015‚ nearly 120‚000 students had applied for the 10‚500 first year undergraduate places available‚ implying that more than 10 applicants were received for each first-year place.

 

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