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NSFAS Appeals Yield Success | Over 170,000 Applications Submitted, Nearly 59,000 Approved



NSFAS Appeals Yield Success | Over 170,000 Applications Submitted, Nearly 59,000 Approved

NSFAS Appeals Yield Success | Over 170,000 Applications Submitted, Nearly 59,000 Approved.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has recently disclosed significant developments in its appeal process for the 2023 academic year.

NSFAS Appeals Yield Success | Over 170,000 Applications Submitted, Nearly 59,000 Approved

While the government’s bursary scheme generously supports thousands of deserving students annually, not all applicants qualify for funding, leading to rejections. This article explores the outcomes of NSFAS appeals, shedding light on the number of successful applicants.

NSFAS Appeal Outcomes

For the 2023 academic year, NSFAS received a staggering 170,683 financial and academic appeals from both first-time and returning students who had initially been defunded or rejected by NSFAS.

These appeals comprised a combination of requests for financial and academic eligibility reconsideration. These students faced initial rejection due to non-compliance with NSFAS’s financial and academic prerequisites for funding. The outcomes of these appeals are as follows:

  1. Successful Appeals: Among the appeals, a remarkable 58,924 students successfully secured NSFAS funding after their appeals were approved.
  2. Rejected Appeals: Regrettably, 6,337 applicants had their appeals rejected.
  3. Invalid Appeals: A total of 28,971 appeals were deemed invalid, primarily due to issues like withdrawal, deletion, and duplication.
  4. Pending Appeals: Currently, 44,561 appeals await further processing, dependent on institutions to update academic results and applicants to upload missing information. An additional 31,890 appeals are labeled as “in progress.”

Reasons for NSFAS Application Rejections

NSFAS funding eligibility hinges on several key criteria, including an annual household income not exceeding R350,000 for able-bodied applicants. Rejections occur when applicants fail to meet this financial threshold. During the appeal process, NSFAS provides a list of potential reasons for application rejection. If applicants can provide the necessary documentation to substantiate their eligibility, NSFAS reevaluates their applications.

The scheme will reconsider an appeal if:

  1. The applicant household financial circumstances have changed since the initial application, with supporting evidence provided.
  2. Sufficient evidence demonstrates that the household income is below the R350,000 threshold.
  3. A significant contributor to the household income has become incapacitated or passed away since the application submission.
  4. The court has declared the applicant independent of their biological parents, relieving parents of responsibility for the applicant’s maintenance, including education costs.
  5. The applicant resides in a child-headed household, substantiated by a social worker’s report registered with the Department of Social Development.
  6. In cases of parental divorce, the court has stipulated that one parent bears sole responsibility for child maintenance and education costs.

Furthermore, NSFAS strongly encourages students who have submitted appeals to promptly upload any requested missing information to facilitate the processing of their applications.

Successful NSFAS Appeals Comprehensive Funding

Students whose NSFAS appeals are successful receive comprehensive support from NSFAS. Beyond covering registration and tuition fees, NSFAS offers several allowances to support students during their academic journey. These allowances include accommodation, living expenses, and learning materials. Students not residing in accommodation facilities may also qualify for a transport allowance.


NSFAS continues to play a pivotal role in supporting South African students’ educational aspirations, and the success of these appeals signifies a significant step in ensuring equitable access to higher education.

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