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Why Your 2023 Nsfas Application Could Be Rejected

Why Your 2023 Nsfas Application Could Be Rejected

This is why your 2023 application may have been rejected if you did not meet all of the requirements for allowances for NSFAS. 

Why Your 2023 Nsfas Application Could Be Rejected

Students pursuing a degree at a South African university or TVET college can apply for a government bursary through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

The application period for the 2023 academic year will open on 28 September 2022 and close on 31 January 2023. Even though thousands of students apply for bursaries, Nsfas rejects many applications. The reason for this is that applicants do not meet the criteria for receiving bursaries. 

Nsfas will provide an application status explaining why the application was rejected. 

Your application may have been rejected for the following reasons:

  • The NSFAS status for this application is deceased in two cases:
    • Fraudulent applications are submitted using someone else’s name who is deceased.
    • Information on the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA’s) system is incorrect. Applicants cannot appeal in this case and must correct the information at the DHA.
  • Status of NSFAS application: Application received after closing date
    • There will be no late applications accepted by NSFAS for 2023. It means you’re applying after applications have closed, and NSFAS will reject your application.
    • It is not possible to appeal this status.

  • Status of NSFAS: DHA Error
    • It was not possible for NSFAS to locate the applicant in the Department of Home Affairs database.
    • It is not possible to appeal this status.
  • Supporting documents are missing for NSFAS
    • The application does not include all of the necessary documents that NSFAS requires.
    • A declaration form is usually missing most of the time.
    • In the case of applicants without parents, a declaration form must be submitted. 
    • It is possible to appeal this status.  
  • NSFAS status: not eligible for NSFAS funding, funded by other bursaries
    • There is another bursary available to the applicant. NSFAS is not available if you receive other financial aid.

    • It is not possible to appeal this decision.
  • Income greater than R350k: NSFAS status
    • An applicant (who is able-bodied) must have a household income of less than R350 000 per year in order to qualify for Nsfas. In the case of households with incomes over R350 000 per year, they would be rejected. 
    • This status cannot be appealed.
  • Income over R600k: NSFAS status
    • A household income of R600 000 or less per year is one of the main requirements for Nsfas. Applicants who earn more than R600 000 per year will be rejected. 
    • This status can be appealed.
  • Academic career change from NC(V)/Report 191
    • This is for students of TVET colleges. Nsfas has clear rules when it comes to TVET Nsfas funding, and if the rules are not followed, the application will be rejected. 
    • It is not possible to appeal this status.
  • Academic career change: NSFAS status
    • It is not possible to appeal this status.
  • Status: Did not meet the 50% academic progression requirement for NSFAS
    • Students returning to school should use this form. In order to qualify for NSFAS funding, returning students must meet certain academic requirements.
    • This status cannot be appealed.
  • Status: highest qualification level already achieved in NSFAS
    • There is no longer any funding available for postgraduate courses through NSFAS, and the highest qualification they support is undergraduate. Additionally, those who have already earned an undergraduate degree will not be eligible for funding.
    • It is possible to appeal this status.
  • A wrong progression has been detected in the NSFAS
    • It is possible to appeal this status.
  • Status: NSFAS n+ rule exceeded
    • Currently, students have only N+1 years to complete a degree under the N+1 rule. The number “N” refers to the minimum number of years required to complete a qualification (i.e. record time). +1 refers to the extra year a student may need to complete the qualification (making the maximum time).
    • Appealing is conditional.

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