How To Submit 2024 NSFAS Appeals

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Thousands of students who applied for NSFAS funding in 2024 were unsuccessful. The good news is that unsuccessful NSFAS applicants can submit a NSFAS appeal. 

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is urging students whose applications for financial aid have been rejected or withdrawn to submit a NSFAS appeal. 

If your NSFAS application was rejected you will have 30 days to submit a NSFAS appeal. This NSFAS appeal will see the financial aid scheme re-evaluate your NSFAS application which could lead to a rejection becoming an approval. Unsuccessful applicants will find an appeal option available on their myNSFAS accounts, where they can click to begin the appeal process.

Unsuccessful applicants will find an appeal option available on their myNSFAS accounts, which they can click on to begin the appeal process.

Several reasons could lead to a NSFAS application being rejected. These include the applicant having a household income of more than R350 000 per annum, failing to meet academic eligibility, and an incomplete application, among others.

NSFAS said students must ensure all required documents are submitted, warning that failure to do so may impact the outcome of the appeal.

To strengthen your appeal, gather all relevant documentation supporting your case, such as academic records, financial statements, affidavits, or any other evidence of financial need

The scheme also noted that appeal decisions are contingent upon budget availability.

How To Submit A NSFAS Appeal 

  1. Visit the myNSFAS portal 
  2. Log in to your myNSFAS account.
  3. Select the 'Track Funding Progress' option.
  4. Check the application progress tabs.
  5. If your application status indicates that you are unsuccessful, you may submit an appeal by clicking on the 'Submit Appeal Tab.' 
  6. Once on the 'Application Appeal' page, review the reason for your unsuccessful application status.

You'll then select the appeal reason, upload certified supporting documents, and click 'Submit Appeal'.

When composing an appeal letter, NSFAS advised applicants to craft a compelling letter addressing the reasons for their application's rejection.

Be concise yet thorough, explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your application. Personalise your letter to highlight your unique situation and commitment to your education.

Once you've submitted your appeal, patiently await NSFAS's review process. This may take some time, so remain proactive and responsive to any requests for additional information NSFAS advised.

NSFAS 2024 applications officially closed on 15 February 2024.

NSFAS has disbursed upfront payments of R2.8 billion to universities and R580 million to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to cover student accommodation and book allowances for the month.

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