In accordance with the DHET funding guidelines/guidelines published on 25 January 2019, NSFAS qualified students living in private accommodation may be entitled to a housing allowance. In order for students to qualify, a signed lease must be submitted to the Campus Financial Aid Office (FAO) at the same time as this form. Dr Randall Carolissen, administrator of the NSFAS, said that under DHET funding policies, students living in university accommodation are entitled to the actual cost of housing calculated by the institution. “Students who live in university-managed housing off campus and students who live in private rental housing are entitled to an accommodation allowance provided the accommodation has been accredited by the institution,” Carolissen said. The company`s CEO, Nick Motsatse, said: “The Soshanguve campus was only able to accommodate 8,000 students. Through this venture, we will be able to house 4,000 students in disposable private properties, and we will help the owners finance them, so that their small space is suitable for housing students that the university will later recover. Approximately 24,000 students will then be accommodated in our accredited accommodation and 6,900 in the rented premises. During the past year, the tut Executive Committee has decided that only tut residences, rented accommodation and accredited residences are fully occupied, that students residing in non-accredited private accommodation will be considered for NSFAS housing allowances. Mutloane added that they had also given their lease to the university so that they could make some adjustments, he claimed that what IS DOING is unfair because they have given them feedback that only favors them. He concluded by saying that the university had forgotten its social role for the community. We gave the university our lease that we give to the students, and they said they were going to make some adjustments and bring it back to us, so that`s the norm between all of us as owners, but it didn`t happen.
Willa de Ruyter, spokesperson for the TUT, said yesterday: “We are aware of the issues raised and we have engaged the community over time. The process of organizing a meeting with the parties concerned is underway to address the issues. The university said on its website that there were not enough shelters to meet the demand for student accommodation. . . .