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Rejected by NSFAS? You can Appeal


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If your application to be funded by NSFAS was declined, you can appeal the decision. You can read below to find out how to do that. 

How To Submit An Appeal

New students

  1. Log into your myNSFAS account
  2. Click on 'Track Application Progress' to view your application status
  3. If unsuccessful, you should see 'Appeal'
  4. Click on 'Appeal'
  5. Provide the relevant information and supporting documents

NSFAS appeals for returning students are yet to open. NSFAS will communicate the opening and closing dates for this process as well as how it's going to be done when the appeal cycle opens.

At the moment, Unisa students have until 18 April 2021 to appeal. Click here to download the appeal form if you are a returning Unisa student. 

Appeals will only be considered on the following grounds:

  • Material change in combined household income (proof of loss of income needed with a fully completed NSFAS form for students that were not previously funded);

  • Loss of a bursary/sponsor in the 2019 academic cycle (documented proof should be provided and should be accompanied by a fully completed NSFAS application form);
  • Failure to meet academic criteria where prior academic performance has been satisfactory (provide supporting information and documentation that provides details of the reasons that affected performance);
  • Failure to meet academic criteria due to medical condition (s) or death of an immediate family member (provide supporting information and documentation);
  • Student had a gap year in NSFAS funding or failed to register previously and could not reapply for funding;
  • More than one student from the same household concurrently enrolled at a university/TVET college; and
  • Applying for an approved post graduate qualification (see section F on the appeal form for list).

(As of now there is no end date for general appeals but it should take about 30 days to get a response after submitting your appeal.)

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