Who Qualifies For A NSFAS Appeal?

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If NSFAS has rejected your application then you are allowed to appeal using the myNSFAS student portal. If you are wondering if you qualify for a NSFAS appeal, keep reading to find out.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government bursary that funds students pursuing tertiary education.

NSFAS funding pays for students' registration fees, tuition fees, accommodation and providing meal allowances and books allowances.

Student who believe that they have justifiable reasons to overturn their rejected NSFAS application can lodge an appeal to NSFAS.

Students who meet these requirements can lodge an appeal:

New applicants are allowed to appeal if their application was rejected for the following reasons:

  • Insufficient information provided
  • Financial ineligibility
  • Academic ineligibility

Continuing students are allowed to appeal if their application was rejected based on:

  • Financial ineligibility
  • Academic ineligibility

Students who took a gap year will have to re-apply for NSFAS funding. Students who have who have reached the N+2 limit or N+3 in the case of those who live with a disability are not permitted to lodge an appeal. ( 'N' = minimum number of years to complete a qualification and '+' = number of additional years funded in the case where a student fails. )

How to submit your NSFAS appeal:

  1. Visit the myNSFAS website.
  2. Log into your myNSFAS account.
  3. Click the 'Track Funding Progress' option.
  4. Check the application progress tabs.
  5. If your application status reflects an unsuccessful message, you may submit an appeal by clicking on the 'Submit Appeal Tab'.
  6. On the 'Application Appeal' page, you can see the reason for your unsuccessful application status.
  7. You are then able to choose the appeal reason.
  8. Upload certified supporting documents to support your reason.
  9. Click 'Submit Appeal'.

It takes about 30 days for NSFAS to respond to a NSFAS appeal.

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