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NSFAS ability to recover debt questioned

The scheme’s ability to recover outstanding money has been questioned at the Fees Commission.

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CAPE TOWN - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) ability to recover outstanding money from students has been questioned at the Fees Commission.

University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University officials made submissions to the commission in Cape Town yesterday.

UCT indicated that in 2015, it had R22,1 million in bad debt, while Stellenbosch says there's been an increase in outstanding tuition fees and loans this year.

UCT vice chancellor Max Price says the scheme's credibility has been dented.

"It just hasn't been able to recover the loans. It hasn't had the administrative depth and capacity to do what the banks would expect."

Stellenbosch University vice chancellor Wim de Villiers supports improving loan recovery methods.

"With regard to some of the recent presentations that I listened to from NSFAS, I think that's exactly what they're trying to do and we'll be very supportive to improve the mechanisms whereby loan recovery can be managed."

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