CONFERENCE 2019

Monday, 24 June – Wednesday 26 June 2019

The FAPSA 2019 conference was held at the Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.

Conference Theme: “#Free Education – The Future of Financial Aid Offices”
Co-Hosted by: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Stellenbosch University (SU)
FAPSA, since 2001 has always played a pivotal role in determining what the Best Practices and Processed would be in assisting Financial Aid Offices, and in assisting NSFAS and Donors alike in the management, administration and allocation of funds within the industry. The past few years turned out to be some of the most challenging years within the industry, since the inception of FAPSA. The changes and challenges we were subjected to over the past few years seem endless and sometimes, we need to take step back and ask ourselves the question, “When will it ever end?”. To date, the so-called, “Central Application System” and “#FeesMustFall”, processes and procedures, seem to do done nothing, other than complicate, the way we operate within our Financial Aid Offices. Change has always been accepted within our sector, as we all believe in changing for the betterment in the way we offer our services to our clients (both students and donors) in the way we administer our funding nationally and in compliance with the sponsor’s rules. The changes we as FAPSA were subjected to over the past few years, are endless. We have however have all been affected by the statement made by our former President in relation to Free Education and hence our theme for this year’s conference, “#Free Education – The Future of the Financial Aid Offices”

Over the past few years, we have always aligned our conference theme in line with the current challenges or circumstances that we faced within our sector. In 2016 our theme was, “#Crossroads: Where to next?” in 2017, our theme was, “#Free Education and our role”, in 2018, “#Free Education – The Impact”, and for this year’s conference, our theme, “#Free Education – The Future of the Financial Aid Offices”. We as FAPSA believe that our theme for this year’s conference clearly indicates that we have come to yet another milestone that will affect the future of the Financial Aid Offices in line with the demands and the implementation of Free Higher Education. The Financial Aid Offices throughout South Africa continue to be left out of critical decision-making process. This in turn, is communicated to our students before we actually are informed of the way forward, for any academic year as well as the process that need to be followed, in relation to the new changes that are to be implemented at our offices. Critical to these changes are time frames for implementation. We have throughout the past few years emphasized on the importance of communication from NSFAS to FAO’s, and sometimes it seems to have been ignored. To date the role of the FAO’s has not been clearly defined. The conference hopes to enlighten all of us on the way forward.

It is from this premise that FAPSA invites all member institutions and organizations to the 2019 and 18th FAPSA Conference., “#Free Education – The Impact”

Documents

Invitation to the 2019 conference Conference programmePresentation by FAPSA president Alberto Lai-Wing | FAPSA presentation to TVET sector | NSFAS presentation to TVET sector

CONFERENCE 2018

Monday, 2nd July – Wednesday 4th July 2018

The FAPSA 2018 conference was held at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Johannesburg

Conference Theme: “#Free Education – The Impact”
Co-Hosted by: Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Tshwane South TVET College & Ekhuruleni East Coast TVET College
FAPSA, since 2001 has always played a pivotal role in determining what the Best Practices would be in assisting Financial Aid Offices and also the Best Processes in assisting NSFAS and Donors alike in the management, administration and allocation of funds within the industry. Over the past few years we have been subjected to numerous changes within the industry, taking into account the student centred model of NSFAS, “Central Application System”, “#FeesMustFall”, system requirements, changes in how we operate within our sector, etc. Change has always been accepted within our sector, as we all believe in changing for the betterment and to improve the way we administer our funding nationally in compliance with the sponsors rules. We as FAPSA have been subjected to numerous changes over the past few years and the ultimate roll out of the new on-line system for all HEI’s and TVET’s. We have however all been affected by the statement made by our President in relation to Free Education and hence our theme for this year’s conference, “#Free Education – The Impact”

Documents

Invitation to the 2018 conference Presentation by FAPSA president Alberto Lai-Wing | Fapsa 2018 conference booklet | Keynote speech by Minister Pandor | 2018 Commissions resolutions report | 2018 Organisational report

CONFERENCE 2017

Monday, 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July 2017

The FAPSA 2017 conference was held at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban.

Conference Theme: “#Free Education and our role”
Co-Hosted by: University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN) & Mongosothu University of Technology (MUT)
FAPSA, since 2001 has always played a pivotal role in determining what the Best Practices would be in assisting Financial Aid Offices and also the Best Processes in assisting NSFAS and Donors alike in the management, administration and allocation of funds within the industry. Over the past few years we have been subjected to numerous changes within the industry, taking into account the student centred model of NSFAS, “Central Application System”, “#FeesMustFall”, system requirements, changes in how we operate within our sector, etc. Change has always been accepted within our sector, as we all believe in changing for the betterment and to improve the way we administer our funding nationally in compliance with the sponsors rules. We as FAPSA have been subjected to numerous changes over the past few years and the ultimate roll out of the new on-line system for all HEI’s and TVET’s. This was a new “animal” that needed all of us to change the way we have to administer funding hence our theme for this year’s conference, #Free Education and our role?

Documents

 Invitation to the 2017 conference | Presentation by FAPSA president Alberto Lai-Wing | Fapsa 2017 conference booklet | Conference programme |  Higher education bursaries- Daphney Nemakhavhani  | BMR Missing middle income classifications.pdf | Minutes of the NSFAS-FAPSA meeting 2017-03-01 Missing middle income formula |  NSFAS presentation registrars forum |  NSFAS presentation  – day 2 |  Student funding gap in SA – The Missing Middle – Standard-Bank-SA |  The role of the FET sector in the in the Post School Education and Training system -JJ Mbana.pdf |  2016-2017 NSFAS close off report

CONFERENCE 2016

Monday, 27 June – Wednesday 29 June 2016

The FAPSA 2016 conference was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), East London.

Conference Theme: “#Crossroads: Where to next?”
Co-Hosted by: Walter Sisulu University (WSU) & University of Fort Hare (UFH)
FAPSA since 2001 has always played a pivotal role in determining what the Best Practices would be in assisting Financial Aid Offices as well as what the Best Processes would be in assisting NSFAS and Donors alike in the management, administration and allocation of funds within the industry. Over the past few years we have been subjected to numerous changes within the industry, taking into account the student centred model of NSFAS, “Central Application System”, system requirements, changes in how we operate within our sector, etc. Change has always been accepted within our sector as we all believe in changing for the betterment and to improve the way we administer our funding nationally in compliance with our sponsors rules. We as FAPSA have been subjected to numerous changes over the years and thus our theme for this year’s conference, #Crossroads: Where to next?

Documents

 Invitation to the 2016 conference | FAPSA president Alberto Lai-Wing – report  | Conference programme |  2016 FAPSA Accommodation Listing | Communique on the decisions made by GovernmentMinutes of the 2015 FAPSA conference AGM |  FAPSA Presentation – Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training 2016 |  Adapt IT NSFAS Development | NSFAS presentation |  NSFAS FAPSA Presentation 28 June 2016 – day 2 |  NSFAS Historic Kgodiso Presentation-FAPSA June 2016 | NSFAS FAPSA Meeting 1 March 2017 – Closing remarks NSFAS FAO and SSS Engagements 2016-06-15 | Feedback Breakaway Session 1 |  ISFAP Funding presentation TVET Presentation  |  Van Schaicks Bookshop Company Profile

CONFERENCE 2015

Monday, 29 June – Wednesday, 1 July 2015

CONFERENCE 2014

Monday, 30 – Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The FAPSA 2014 conference was held at the University of Pretoria Conference Centre, Hatfield Campus, Pretoria, Gauteng.

Conference Theme: “Embracing Change”
Co-Hosted by: University of Pretoria (UP), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)  and University of South Africa (UNISA)

Since the inception of NSFAS in 1996, Financial Aid offices at institutions played a pivotal role in assisting students with application forms, capturing and running means test to assess the students to assist NSFAS to determine the eligibility for students to qualify for funding. In the last few years Further Education and training institutions came on board getting millions of rand to assist student with bursary allocations. The capacity of NSFAS did not accommodate the additional workload and caused many problems at institutions. Institutions however found ways of dealing with these problems and could still service our students to the best of their ability.

Our conference in 2013 tried to address the implementation of the new student centred model by requesting NSFAS to address the challenges and concerns of our institutions and students at large. As we all aware this discussion/debate/information sharing did not go as planned. Very few questions could be address by the NSFAS delegation to the frustration of our delegates. The NSFAS however identified institutions to pilot this new system in 2014. As an organisation, FAPSA are not opposed to the system and the challenges that we will face. It is thus important that we need to embrace the changes and deal with the challenges as we have done in the past. Five institutions were nominated to be part of the pilot namely, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU, Comprehensive institution), University of Cape Town (UCT, Traditional university), Venda university (Traditional university), University of South Africa (UNISA, correspondence university) and Durban university of Technology (DUT, University of Technology).
As institutions numerous challenges were identified during the pilot and we would like to discuss and share these challenges to carve a way forward to prevent it from re-occurring should the pilot project and the role out of this model continue.

It is from this premise that FAPSA invites all member institutions and organizations to the 2014 FAPSA Conference and the 13th AGM. Registration fee is inclusive of the FAPSA Membership Fee, which entitles each member full participation and voting at the AGM.

Please note that there is No Limit to the number of delegates per University/University of Technology/FET College/Educational NGO. A maximum of 2 delegates per Provincial Dept. of Education and any other organization invited.
Documents

Invitation to the 2014 conference |  Conference programme |  NSFAS presentation | Feedback of breakaway session 1 Feedback of breakaway session 3 FAPSA AGM 2015 meeting notice |  FAPSA Annual Financial Statements 2012 |  Closing remarks