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FAQ: NSFAS Applications and Appeals



When will I know if I've been accepted? 

Application results will be released after the institutions confirm with NSFAS that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to students before the start of the year. 


I have applied for funding and I have an application number but I haven't received feedback.

You can check your application status on your myNSFAS account. If you don't have an account, you can read this article on how to create an account.  


How can I find out about the decision of my funding application? 

You can check your application status once you have logged in to your myNSFAS account. You can read here to find out what your application status means. 

For more information, you can read this article


How can I apply if I only have a cellphone number and no email address?

You need an email address to apply for funding but it is very easy to do so. Please click here to read about how to create your own email address, and how to create a myNSFAS account. 



What can I do if I'm declined for a bursary?

If you are not satisfied with your results, you can appeal the decision through your myNSFAS account if you're a first time student or if you are a continuing student you can approach the financial aid office of your institution. 


Latest Bursaries

Converse is giving away R1 million towards student debt. Applicants can apply for the #KicktheDebt campaign or nominate deserving students. 

Closing date: 3 March 2021.

There are five scholarships available to South African citizens, all of which are for international postgraduate study. These are: 

African Housing Company (AFHCO) is holding a competition to give away a bursary worth R50 000. The R50 000 bursary will be paid directly to University of Johannesburg or Wits University. 

Closing date: 12 March 2021 (Entries received after 17:00 will not be valid and will be excluded from the draw.)

Applications for The Funza Lushaka Bursary are open for 2021 funding so apply now. All first time applicants must be 30 years or younger to apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession.

The Gibela bursaries are granted to students enrolled at TVET institutions. Students must prove they are in need of financial assistance and should be able to demonstrate great academic potential.