As it prepares for the rollout of free higher education, the Department of Higher Education and Training is working on ensuring that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is integrated into college and university systems. The NSFAS has been struggling to ensure the smooth rollout of free higher education, with many students complaining about delayed payments. This has sparked protests at tertiary institutions around SA. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said she was aware that some continuing senior students had not yet had their funding finalised. "I find this to be unacceptable and have instructed my department and NSFAS to work with institutions to deal with the outstanding cases as a matter of urgency," Pandor said. There were still system integration challenges, she said. This had affected the submission of registration data to the NSFAS. "The exchange of data is crucial as this will confirm to NSFAS that students assessed to be eligible for fundi...

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