Why My NSFAS Application Was Unsuccessful?

By Klenam JU •  Updated: 11/17/22 •  4 min read

My application for the NSFAS bursary was unsuccessful for several reasons. It may be because you violated their rules.

Why Would NSFAS Reject My Application?

NSFAS would not just provide you with a bursary because you are a South African. The scheme uses criteria to select students who want to benefit from their program. If your family’s annual income is above R350000, You must not attempt to apply because you do not qualify

for the scheme.

Again, if you give fake information and documents or provide incomplete and wrong information during the application, you have to rest assured that your application will be rejected. It happens especially after thorough underground checks have been done by agents or officials of the scheme to know whether all the information you provided was genuine.

Also, NSFAS has a rule called the N+2 rule, which they use for all their beneficiaries. This N+2 rule applies to the number of years an institution will give to offer a course until completion, plus an additional two years if it becomes necessary to do the course again.

With this, if you use four years to attain a degree and have to reread some courses for at most two years, NSFAS will fund you for the two years. However, after two years, all other courses you would like to read must be covered by yourself. The scheme will no longer assist you financially.

NSFAS expects the bursary it gives students to yield good results; if you perform poorly in academics as a continuing student, the scheme will no longer fund your education if you score below 50% in your modules.

What do I do if my NSFAS application is unsuccessful?

To take any action after knowing my NSFAS application has been unsuccessful, I must follow the steps below;

I must constantly visit the MYNSFAS portal to track my application status, whether the appeal was successful or not. The appeal submission must be made within 30 days after the unsuccessful NSFAS application.

I can as well submit my appeal via email. All I have to do is to provide all the needed information and attach the necessary documents as well to the email address provided below;

applicationreview@nsfas.org.za

How do you know if NSFAS has rejected you?

I will know my NSFAS application has been rejected after underground checks by NSFAS officials prove that I violated their rules; therefore, I don’t qualify. With this, I will receive an SMS or an email from NSFAS showing I have been rejected. You can also track my application status by visiting the MYNSFAS student portal using the link: http://www.nsfas.org.za%20to/.

After I have logged in with my credentials, there will be an indication stating that “Application unsuccessful.”

Only applicants selected to benefit from the NSFAS bursary will have it indicated in their portal that “Approved for funding subject to registration.”

Does NSFAS Give Reasons Your Application Is Unsuccessful?

Yes, NSFAS explains why applicants have their applications rejected. The reasons they give are as follows;

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