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TitleDropout causes of students funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme in South African universities
AuthorMabuza, Nonhlanhla Herieglietias
SubjectFinancial aid
SubjectHigher education institutions
SubjectStudent financial aid scheme
SubjectNational Student Financial Aid Scheme (South Africa)
SubjectCollege dropouts -- South Africa -- Gauteng
SubjectStudent financial aid administration -- South Africa -- Gauteng
SubjectCollege students -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Economic conditions
SubjectCollege students -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Social conditions
SubjectStudent aid -- Government policy -- South Africa -- Gauteng
Format1 online resource (xiv, 215 leaves) : color illustrations, color graphs
AbstractThe dropout of students funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a perennial problem in many higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa. Despite this, little research has been conducted to investigate this phenomenon, and this study sought to address this gap by investigating the dropout of NSFAS-funded students from HEIs in Northern Gauteng. The study adopted a qualitative methodology and a phenomenological design to explore the lived experiences of students who dropped out of HEIs. Thirty-one NSFAS-funded students, three senior management officials from three HEIs and one NSFAS senior official were purposively selected to form part of the study. Semi-structured interviews, document analysis and observations were utilised as reseach instruments and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was employed to analyse data. The findings of the study established that a lack of support for students, and personal, socioeconomic, institutional and health factors contributed to the dropout of students from HEIs. It was further established that the majority of students who dropped out did so because of the inefficient operations of NSFAS and the new student-centred model. The study also found that insufficient funding, late allocation of funds, stringent NSFAS requirements, lack of communication, late payment or nonpayment of allowances contributed to students’ dropout. To address these shortfalls, the study recommends that the student-centred model should be overhauled and replaced with an integrated system including departments such as DOH, SARS, DSD and DOL to identify students who are eligible for funding and assist in the efficient administration of NSFAS. It is further recommended that funding administered by both the national and provincial government departments be centralized and administred by the NSFAS to circumvent double dipping. Finally, it is recommended that students who fall within the R0 – R350,000 per annum household income category including SASSA beneficiaries be flagged by the system to automatically qualify for funding.
AbstractEducational Management and Leadership
AbstractD. Ed. (Education Management)