The first five years project – a cohort study of students awarded NSFAS loans in the first five years 2000-2004

Author(s): Chris van Wyk Servaas van der Berg , Pierre de Villiers

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2013

This study was commissioned by NSFAS to use available data to arrive at a picture that
would reflect the successes and problems faced by NSFAS, including flows of students
through the tertiary education system and graduation rates of students. The focus is on
following the first five cohorts of students who entered the system in the period 2000-2004,
and to track their performance. This was an immense task, given the fact that the data systems
used are massive, and that they are not linked. For this reason the data management issues are
dealt with in some detail in this report.

Keywords:
HIGHER EDUCATION, NSFAS, STUDENT LOANS, UNIVERSITIES,
HIGHER EDUCATION FLOW THROUGH RATE
JEL Classification:
H52, I22, I28

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