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Cape Town NSFAS funded students in a march to Parliament. Image: Facebook/Sheldon Sello

NSFAS pays landlords after students were allegedly locked out

Earlier in May, landlords allegedly locked out NSFAS students who live private accommodation over non-payment.

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Cape Town NSFAS funded students in a march to Parliament. Image: Facebook/Sheldon Sello

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has confirmed that a bulk payment of accommodation allowances was processed in May and June after landlords allegedly locked out beneficiaries. 

In May, Nomvalo assigned staff to urgently attend to issues about alleged outstanding payments for private student accommodation. 


NSFAS said its Administrator, Freeman Nomvalo, has consulted with the landlords of private student accommodation, who, among other things, raised concerns regarding the outstanding payments of student accommodation allowances.

In response to these concerns, NSFAS said a bulk payment of accommodation allowances was processed by the end of May and beginning of June. The next scheduled payment will be no later than 18 June to clear all legitimate claims. 

“These interventions are intended to provide the much-needed relief to private student accommodation landlords,” NSFAS said. 

Nomvalo also pleaded with landlords who still have outstanding payments not to evict students, as NSFAS is committed to ensuring that all legitimate claims are resolved by 18 June. 

Landlords who did not submit their claims for outstanding payments are encouraged to email their queries to   NSFASAccomProv@nsfas.org.za.


Furthermore, the Administrator reiterated his call to all TVET students who still do not have bank accounts to open the bank accounts and submit their bank accounts on the NSFAS-established portal to avoid delays in the payment of their allowances. 

NSFAS said the banking details provided must belong to the student to enable the financial aid scheme to verify these against the student’s details on their record and minimise potential risks. 

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Students with their NSFAS bank cards. Image: X/@mynsfas

As previously reported by The South African, Nomvalo confirmed that the changes would take effect from the end of May

In April, Nomvalo met with the leadership of the South African Technical Vocational Education and Training Student Association (SATVETSA) to deliberate on the increased unhappiness with the delays in the payment or non-payment of allowances, as well as the disappearance of allowances in student’s accounts.

Furthermore, Nomvalo said NSFAS has devised a payment mechanism to address these ongoing challenges with the assistance of its banker. This will be implemented for the payments that are due at the end of May.

“In terms of the mechanism, NSFAS will distribute allowances directly to student’s bank accounts. All TVET students who do not have bank accounts are encouraged to open bank accounts with banks of their own choice.

“The scheme will communicate to all NSFAS beneficiaries requesting them to update their details to enable the smooth implementation of this direct payment mechanism,” NSFAS said.