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What An ‘Applicant Is Deceased’ NSFAS Status Means

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What An ‘Applicant Is Deceased’ NSFAS Status Means

Here is what you can do if you received an “Applicant Is Deceased” status on your NSFAS application.

NSFAS provides bursaries to poor and working-class students, allowing them to obtain tertiary education qualifications from public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

What An ‘Applicant Is Deceased’ NSFAS Status Means

A NSFAS application with an “Applicant Is Deceased” status indicates that third-party verification data collected by NSFAS indicates the applicant is deceased.

The “Applicant Is Dead” status is clearly incorrect if you (the applicant) are not dead.

In this case, there are two possible scenarios:

  • The applicant applying is using someone else’s name who is deceased and (could be) trying to commit fraud.
  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA) information on their system is wrong. In this case, applicants cannot appeal and they must visit the DHA to correct the information.

Applicants for NSFAS bursaries must ensure their ID number is correct to avoid receiving an unnecessary rejection message.

Bursaries from NSFAS cover tuition and accommodation fees for students who are approved for funding and registered at tertiary institutions. Additionally, these students will receive meal allowances, transportation allowances, and textbook allowances.

The NSFAS application period for funding for the 2023 academic year ends on 31 January 2023. Before the upcoming deadline, students are encouraged to submit their applications.

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