28th June 2023
SASSFE has donated funds to provide some assistance to Wits law students negatively impacted by changes in their financial support.
SASSFE’s donation was in response to a fundraising campaign embarked upon by the Wits Law Students’ Council (LSC). The LSC campaign aimed to assist students who had been defunded due to changes made by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in 2021/22.
Due to these policy changes implemented by NSFAS, a number of students were left without financial support towards their tuition and accommodation fees, and with no living allowance.
SASSFE will continue to advocate for students affected by these policy changes to be supported by NSFAS.
SASSFE has urged that in future NSFAS policy changes should not be implemented in a manner that leaves students stranded without the funding which they had legitimately expected to receive.
The donated SASSFE funds in this regard aim to offer some relief to affected students and will be disbursed by the Wits Scholarships Office, in consultation with the LSC and Wits Student Affairs.