NSFAS Appeal

NSFAS Appeal

NSFAS Appeal 2024. Have you been denied funding by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)? If the answer is YES, then you have a second chance to submit an appeal and re-apply for funding using the NSFAS application portal.

To begin with your NSFAS appeal process, you should make sure to check if you meet the NSFAS requirements and also have all the needed documents to facilitate your application online.

In this article, we will learn about some reasons why your NSFAS application may be rejected and how to submit an Appeal to NSFAS after your rejection.

What is a NSFAS Appeal?

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) appeal is a request to review a decision not to fund a student who applied for NSFAS funding.

Who cannot appeal?

You will not be permitted to submit an appeal if you satisfy these conditions:

  • You are registered for a qualification that NSFAS does not fund;
  • You have reached N+2 (or N+3 in the case of students with disabilities).
  • You are a gap year student who NSFAS previously denied financial aid because you did not meet the academic eligibility criteria.
  • The institution has not submitted its registration record to NSFAS or has submitted an incorrect registration record. 

Read Also: How to Check NSFAS Status Online

Closing date for NSFAS appeal 2024

You must submit your NSFAS Appeal within 30 days of receiving your application results. To submit an appeal, you should log in to your myNSFAS Student Portal and provide the requested information.

How To Submit A NSFAS Appeal

Follow these guidelines to submit your Appeal online;

  1. Log into your MyNSFAS Student Portal account​
  2. Click on the Track Funding Progress tab
  3. Check the application progress tabs
  4. Click on the Submit Appeal Tab If your application status displays an unsuccessful message
  5. Once you are on the ‘Application Appeal’ page, you can see the reason for your unsuccessful application status
  6. You are then able to choose the appeal reason
  7. Upload certified supporting documents to support your reason
  8. click Submit Appeal
  9. You may now track the progress of the appeal on your myNSFAS account.

It is important to note that NSFAS applicants who want to appeal will also need to complete and download a relevant propensity letter.

You may Download the Corresponding Propensity Letter for your NSFAS appeal below:

Failure to meet academic eligibility (PDF)Download
Appealing N+1Download
N+2 Students with DisabilityDownload
Registered for 50% or less (final year course credits)Download

Read Also: NSFAS Wallet

Reasons why your NSFAS Application May be Rejected

This table has outlined the possible reasons why your NSFAS application may have been rejected and the required information for you to appeal;

Rejection ReasonReason for AppealSupporting documents Required
Income greater than R350K (first time entering student) Credit Bureau Income greater than
I am a vulnerable ChildI am a vulnerable Child
Combined household income is below the thresholdProof of income (Payslip)
Change of incomeRetrenchment Letter
Letter of Termination
UIF indicating unemployed or incapacity
R350K (first time entering student) Declared Income Income greater thanDeceased parent/guardian/spouseDeath certificate for parent/guardian/spouse
I am a SASSA beneficiarySASSA Letter
R600K (disabled student) Credit Bureau Income greater than R600K (disabled student) Declared IncomeI am independent of my biological parentsCourt order indicating that the applicant is declared as independent of their biological parents
Cost of education is restricted to one parentDivorce decree indicating that the responsibility for the cost of education is restricted to one parent


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