06 February 2020 | Story Lacea Loader

During meetings between the management of the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Bloemfontein Campus Student Representative Council (CSRC) the week of 27 January 2020, an agreement regarding accredited and non-accredited accommodation was reached. Although it has been communicated to students on the university’s campuses earlier this week, it is important to clarify the agreement: 

• For 2020, students on the three campuses of the UFS who receive funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and who live in accredited and non-accredited accommodation, will receive the monthly accommodation allowance that will be paid directly into the student’s bank account.  Please note that the matter of the lease agreement is between the student and the service provider and the UFS does not take responsibility for payments to any supplier. The payments will only be made once funds are received from NSFAS.  

• Registered NSFAS beneficiaries must log in on Self Service and apply online for the private accommodation allowance. The application process requires that the lease agreement should be uploaded on the Self-Service portal. This lease agreement must be signed by both the student and the service provider. 

• Approved private accommodation applicants will receive their private accommodation allowance payment during the first week of each month for a period of 10 months, depending on the date of approval and the rental period.

• If the service provider does not have a lease agreement, students can download a basic lease agreement form here. This form must be signed by the student and the service provider.

• A process will be in place to verify the accommodation during 2020, as required by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology (DHET).  This process will start with the completion of the application form for accreditation by the service provider.  The application form can be obtained here.

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