Rejected By NSFAS? You Can Appeal

If your application to be funded through NSFAS was rejected, you can appeal to NSFAS to reconsider it. NSFAS offers student loans and bursaries for students who qualify. 

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Did you apply to NSFAS for a bursary but got rejected? You have a second chance! You can now appeal to have them reconsider your application.

NSFAS offers student loans and bursaries for students who qualify. 

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.

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 right now, there is no closing date for appeals. Applications should expect to get responses to their appeals 30 days after submitting it.

NSFAS refers to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme which offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. They cover funding for registration, tuition and allowances. 

Visit the NSFAS website for more information.

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