What 'Awaiting Registration' NSFAS Status Means

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You have just submitted your NSFAS applications and upon tracking your application status you find that it says ‘Awaiting Registration’. This is what it means.


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NSFAS Student applications for 2022 have been open since 02 November 2021 and are due to close on 21 January 2022.

So, chances are you may have already submitted your application have been tracking it and upon doing so you find that it says ‘Awaiting registration’.

This means that NSFAS is receiving data from your institution to enable them to create a bursary agreement.

This is also a step that students find themselves stuck in for a while. This is because NSFAS has to wait for information from your chosen institution.

It is also important to note that NSFAS does not have a set timeframe when it comes to when your NSFAS status will change and how long it will take for your application to be processed. Thus it is also advised that students should regularly check their application status on the myNSFAS portal.

If you still have not applied, do so as soon as possible and ensure that you have the following support documents when submitting your application: 

  • A copy of ID. A temporary ID issued by the Department of Home Affairs will be accepted
  • Non-Sassa applicants must provide ID copies of parent/s, legal guardian/guardian or spouse
  • Smart ID cards: a copy with both sides of the smart ID must be provided
  • Proof of income: applicant and/or parents/legal guardian/spouse (where applicable (non-SASSA) should provide the latest payslip, not older than 3 months, UIF letter, appointment letter, retrenchment letter (applicant and/or parent(s), legal guardian/spouse)
  • Person with disabilities: to complete Disability Annexure A form.


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