What Your 'Financial Eligible' NSFAS Application Status Means


For many South African students, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is the key that unlocks the door to higher education. If you've received the coveted "Financially Eligible" NSFAS status, this article is your one-stop guide to understanding what it means.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) offers much more than just tuition coverage – it's a lifeline for deserving students seeking to build a brighter future. But with NSFAS applications piling in each year, deciphering your NSFAS application status can feel overwhelming.

Landing "Financially Eligible" on your NSFAS application is a fantastic first step towards achieving your academic goals in South Africa. But what exactly does this status entail? Let's break it down for you.

What The 'Financial Eligible' NSFAS Status Means

This coveted status on your NSFAS application indicates that you've met the financial eligibility criteria set by NSFAS and is usually accompanied by an "Application Approved" status. This means your application has been reviewed and approved based on your household income and financial situation.

However, there's one more crucial step before your funding is confirmed.

While "Financially Eligible" is great news, it's important to remember that NSFAS funding often hinges on your registration status.

If your application seems stuck on "Financially Eligible," it might be because NSFAS is waiting for your registration confirmation from your chosen university or TVET college. To avoid delays, ensure you complete your registration process as soon as possible.

Once NSFAS receives this information, your NSFAS status will likely update to "Registration Received" signifying full approval for funding.

For any questions or concerns, it's always recommended to visit your institution's financial aid office. Additionally, keep a close eye on your myNSFAS portal for updates on your application status.

How To Check Your NSFAS Status

If you have submitted your funding application, you may be wondering what the outcome is. Fortunately, once you apply for NSFAS you can track the status of your NSFAS online application form on the NSFAS website in a few simple steps.

Here is how to do a NSFAS status check for your application status.

  1. Log in to your NSFAS account on the myNSFAS student portal here 

  2. Enter your username and password and sign in

  3. Click on Track Funding Progress 

  4. You will then be able to track funding progress and check your NSFAS status

Once there, there are a number of results you might receive when doing a NSFAS status check while applying for NSFAS funding.

NSFAS is a comprehensive financial aid program designed to empower deserving students in South Africa. It goes beyond simply covering tuition fees – NSFAS offers a range of allowances to support various student needs throughout their tertiary education journey.

These NSFAS allowances can cover expenses like accommodation, transport, learning materials, and living costs.

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