DUT SRC AGREEMENT
Media statement by Nomonde Mbadi: Executive Director of Corporate Affairs 11 February 2008
Management and the SRC have reached an agreement in terms of the outstanding debt issue, to allow students to register for 2008.
The SRC has committed themselves to ending the protest.
Registration will continue, and the Academic programme commences from tomorrow.
Kindly find below the Critical Path reached.
CRITICAL PATH FOR REGISTRATION OF STUDENTS WITH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS BASED ON ACADEMIC SUCCESS
11 – 15 FEBRUARY 2008 (MONDAY TO FRIDAY)
All students who need to finalise their academic registrations must follow the steps below:
1. Pay the outstanding debt according to the concessions granted in the memorandum from management dated 28 January 2008. This payment and clearance to be done at the Finance Department – Cashiers, First Floor, M L Sultan Campus. The concessions are subject to students meeting the academic requirements for the 2008 academic year. If eligible for these concessions, the students must register on the dates stipulated below.
2. These concessions were as follows:-
Amount owing: Amount payable
Below R1000 Allowed to register provided they settle this amount by the 30 June 2008.
From R1001 to R5 000 A minimum of R1000 plus 40% of outstanding balance at registration.
From R5001 to R10 000 A minimum of R2600 plus 30% of the outstanding balance registration.
From R10 001 and above A minimum of R4820 plus 20 % of the outstanding balance at registration.
This is over and above the first instalment due on registration. For semester students this is R1500 and R2500 for annual students.
3. After financial clearance, students must proceed to the appropriate registration venues with clearance letters from Finance.
Any student who has been unable to finalize registration by the 16th February 2008 due to financial difficulties will be dealt with as follows:
MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY TO SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2008
VENUE: EXAM HALL, RITSON CAMPUS.
3.1 NSFAS students that have outstanding debts (those that have paid family contribution)
a) The students that do not qualify for NSFAS in 2008, must see the Counselors.
b) Returning NSFAS students that qualify for NSFAS funding in 2008
· These students should negotiate an installment plan after interviews with the Counselors to assess their situation
· If successful, the students will be allowed to register
c) NSFAS students owing more than the family contribution
This category of students arose from a decision taken in 2007 to spread the base of the NSFAS to as many students as possible. This decision resulted in the students not only owing the family contribution but also responsible for the difference. These students will be treated as follows;
· These students will be interviewed by the Counselors to determine an installment plan.
· The parents or guardians must bring the following:
o Identity document
o Proof of income
3.2 Self Payers
Self payers who are unable to finalise their registration in terms of management’s concessions above, must come with their parents or guardians to be interviewed by a counselor to negotiate an installment plan. The parents or guardians must bring the following:
a. Identity document
b. Proof of income
a) The time lines are as per original critical path document.
b) In dealing with the Category B students, counselors will assess the appropriate means of verify information from parents.
c) Parents and guardians are still required to make themselves available. Only in exceptional cases will a deviation from this be allowed. This will have to be discussed with the Counselors.
THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2008 TO FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2008.
VENUE: FINANCIAL AID OFFICES
3.3 No family contribution required (new (registered in 2007) and continuing NSFAS students)
This situation arose from a decision taken in 2007 to spread the base of the NSFAS to as many students as possible. The effect of the decision in 2007 taken in consultation with the SRC may have caused additional difficulty with certain students. Therefore, they will be dealt with as follows:
a) As of Thursday 14 February 2008, these students are required to go to the Financial Aid offices to formalize the Loan Agreement Form (DUT 100% loan form). Thereafter, they can register without paying the first installment.
The SRC will be kept informed through the office of the Executive Director Student Services and Development on progress. The Executive Director: Student Services is planning to set up office in Exam Hall, Ritson Campus during the above week for Category B students and their parents.
A similar process will be developed for the Midlands Campus.
This agreement will be honoured on condition that the situation is normalised on campus and that registration and academic programme continues.
Issued by Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer